Bearded iris, the garden iris

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The bearded iris is a perennial that is as easy to grow as it is decorative when in bloom.

In summary, what you need to know:

Name : Iris barbata
FamilyIridaceae
Type : Bulbous or perennial flower

Height : 20 to 90 cm
Exposure : Sunny and partial shade
Soil : Ordinary

Flowering : January to July depending on the species

Classic, beautiful and elegant at the same time, she likes to be in the sun and asks for nothing else!

Planting bearded irises

Ideally, the bearded iris is planted in the fall or spring for flowering the following summer.

  • Plant the bearded iris rhizomes in the sun and where it is hot in summer.
  • The bearded iris likes well loosened soil without being too buried.
  • Respect a sufficient spacing of 5 to 10 cm between each plant.
  • Let the rhizomes protrude very slightly so that they receive the sun on their upper part.
  • It is more aesthetic to plant the bearded iris in small groups of several specimens.

Approximately every 3 years it is advisable to divide the stumps by separating the rhizomes in order to regenerate the foot.

  • The division is preferably done in the summer, after flowering
  • Pull the stump out of the ground using a spade
  • Clearly cut the rhizome with a sharp knife
  • Replant the new stump in a suitable place
  • Water

A half bearded rainbow

In sowing, prefer sowing in pot in September-October.

  • You can leave them outdoors and under shelter all winter long.
  • Flowering will only occur 2 to 3 years after sowing.
  • You will proceed with transplanting in the ground as soon as the first leaves emerge.

Pruning, maintenance of Bearded Iris

The bearded iris is a perennial that is very easy to maintain and generally does not require any care once it is well established.

  • Regularly weed around so as not to let weeds take over the rhizomes
  • Remove faded flowers as you go but leave the foliage until it turns yellow, usually until September.
    The iris needs to see its leaves turn yellow in order to build up the reserves it needs for the next flowering.
  • Remove weeds that grow in the center of the plant to clear the rhizomes.
  • No need to water because the plant does not need it.

To know about Iris barbata

The bearded iris is a fairly hardy plant that tolerates winter very well and therefore does not need to be protected.

  • The cold even contributes to the good development of the plant.

Its flowers are characterized by 3 magnificent petals with the most varied colors.

Most of the time purple in color, they can also be blue, yellow, red or even white.

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