The Q&A Archives: Moving Bearded Iris

Question: I am moving at the end of June and would like to move some of my 40-year-old bearded irises with me. When is the best time to move them? Can I move them in June?

Answer: Traditionally, bearded iris are moved or divided about a month after they bloom, though they can be successfully moved at other times as well. Prepare the new bed thoroughly before planting to provide a rich soil with good drainage. Make sure the new transplants get plenty of water, especially during their first summer, and keep the beds well weeded.

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