The Q&A Archives: Iris Bulbs In Containers

Question: I have about 15 iris bulbs that were planted on the side of my house. That was a bad place for them because my husband doesnt always pay attention to where he is mowing or weedeating. This past week, we moved them to a huge container. Afterwards, my mother in law told me you cannot plant bulbs in containers. Is this true, do I need to plant them back in the ground? I am not sure what type of iris they are. Thanks.

Answer: Irises can and do grow in containers, but they perform best when planted in the ground. The reason for their preference is that iris rhizomes extend from both ends as they grow. Because of this growth habit they will soon outgrow their pots. You can keep them in containers for a year or two, but they should be dug and divided at the end of the second year. You can then repot them or plant them in the ground.

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