📅 When to plant Iris bulbs
Iris bulbs are best planted in the fall, about 4 to 6 weeks before the first expected frost. This timing allows the bulbs to establish their root system before winter dormancy sets in. They need a certain period of chilling in the ground for optimal growing results.
📦 Storing your Iris bulbs
If you are unable to plant the bulbs immediately upon arrival, store them in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated place. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight, as it may cause the bulbs to dry out. Make sure to keep them away from fruits, as ethylene gas can be detrimental to the bulbs.
🌿 Preparing your garden for planting Iris bulbs
Select a sunny spot in your garden with well-draining soil and where they get at least 6 hours of sunlight. Before planting, loosen the soil to a depth of at least 4 inches and incorporate organic matter like compost to improve drainage and fertility. Remove any weeds or debris from the area.
🌱 How to plant your Iris bulbs
Plant the Iris bulbs about 3 to 4 inches deep, ensuring that the pointed end faces upward. Space the bulbs at least 8 to 10 inches apart to allow enough room for growth. After planting, water the bulbs thoroughly to settle the soil and encourage root development.
💧 Watering & caring tips
Iris bulbs prefer moderately moist soil but are susceptible to rot in waterlogged conditions. Once they are established, water them deeply once a week, especially during dry spells. However, during rainy periods, reduce watering to prevent over-saturation. Adding a layer of mulch around the plants will help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
🌸 How to keep your Iris blooming
After the blooming season, deadhead the spent flowers to promote new growth and prevent seed production. This energy conservation allows the plant to focus on bulb and root development. Once the foliage turns yellow, you can trim it back.