Dividing Bearded Iris - Knowledgebase Question

Barstow, CA
Question by rockdr
January 23, 2000
I live in Zone 9, Barstow, CA. I have clumps of bearded iris bulbs which need to be separated. Is February too late to do this? I have planted bearded iris bulbs even later than February and they have bloomed.

Answer from NGA
January 23, 2000


Bearded iris can be moved any time during the growing season as long as you don't mind risking the blooms. Traditionally, these iris are moved about a month after they bloom but early spring is an okay time to move them, as is summer or even early fall. I'd go ahead and divide them now.

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