The Q&A Archives: Iris Not Blooming

Question: I planted iris bulbs two years ago and they haven't bloomed at all. Their leaves are real healthy looking but no flower?

Answer: There are several possibile explanations for why bearded iris might not bloom. One very common one is that the rhizomes simply needed a year or two to settle in -- particularly if they were planted at an odd time; another is that they need more sun (these plants prefer full sun); a third is that the rhizomes you planted were too small to bloom and needed some time to reach blooming strength. This may be the year they break loose and surprise you!

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