Transplanting Irises - Knowledgebase Question

Gadsden, AL
Question by guth3
January 24, 2001
What is the best time and way to transplant irises from my grandmother's old flower bed to mine.

Answer from NGA
January 24, 2001



The best time is late fall. However you might try some now (as soon as possible) and save a few others for this coming fall. However, now (late winter) is not a bad time to transplant them.

Dig the irises and cut off the end 4 inches of each runner. Set these sections about an inch deep in soil that has had a couple of inches of compost mixed into it. Choose a sunny location. Some late afternoon shade is all right. Mulch the area a couple of inches deep after planting.

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