Growing Iris Plants In Your Garden
Iris is a genus of more than 250 species of flowering plants with showy flowers. If you want to grow iris plants in your garden, here are several tips for you. Choose a suitable species of iris. Though nearly all irises are fairly hardy and easy to maintain, some are more suitable for certain conditions than others. Depending on the climate and conditions where you plan on planting your irises, one variety may be a better choice. Plant in late summer. Most Irises are best planted in late summer (early fall at the latest). This gives the iris a chance to establish its roots while there is still enough sunlight to fuel its growth so that it can survive the winter. Pick a spot with about six to eight hours of full sun per day. Most irises thrive if given generous amounts of sunlight. Try planting your irises in a flowerbed that receives the shade of a tree late in the day or on the side of your house that the sun hits in the afternoon for a good amount of light.
Plant in slightly acidic soil with good drainage. Iris garden plants prefer soils that are neutral to slightly acidic; a pH of about 6.8-7.0 is best. In addition, irises require soil with a good amount of aeration and drainage. Plant the rhizome so that its top is exposed. One common mistake first-timers make when planting irises is to plant them too deep. Unlike most plants, irises do best when their rhizome; the brown, root-like structure at their base resembling a potato; is slightly exposed to the air. Plant the rhizomes so that they are spaced apart.