splitting Iris's - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by Karysma15
June 30, 2010
What is the best time of year to split Iris and replant them?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
Dig and divide them at the end of summer, after they have finished blooming. Irises grow from elongated rhizomes. Use a garden fork to gently lift each fan of leaves from the ground. You'll find that part of the rhizome is dead and part has foliage attached. You can break off the dead parts of the rhizome and replant the parts with leaves attached. Plant them just barely below the soil surface, water them in well, and then lay a mulch over the top of the soil to help suppress weeds. Best wishes with your irises!

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