Moving Iris' - Knowledgebase Question

howell, Mi
Question by oglemjo
July 9, 2009
Is there anyway I can save Iris' that I must move for about 3 weeks. Do I save them with dirt attached or just how would I save them while deck is being built?

Answer from NGA
July 9, 2009


Irises are fairly hardy plants. Since they have finished blooming you can prune the tops down by about two thirds and dig them with a garden fork (to help prevent damage to the rhizomes). It would be best to plant them in containers but failing that you can set them in soil in a cardboard box - just enough soil to cover the rhizomes and roots - and keep them in a shady spot in the garden. Water the soil so it doesn't dry out completely. This will keep the rhizomes plump. You can replant them after your deck is built.

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