When to dig bulbs to replant, store - Knowledgebase Question

Gardnerville, Ne
Question by jea1144
October 29, 2009
I live in Northern Nevada. We have many Iris and I want spread them. How much of the root should I cut off, etc? Want to give some away too. Thanks!

Answer from NGA
October 29, 2009


Irises grow from rhizomes which are long storage organs. They should be just below the soil surface and you can dig them up with a garden fork. The rhizomes grow in the same direction as the fan of leaves. Push your fork into the ground just a few inches in front of a fan of leaves and push the rhizome up out of the ground. Once you've gotten it out of the ground you can break off each end of the rhizome and replant them, discarding the old center part of the rhizome. Replant so the rhizomes are setting just below the soil surface. Best wishes with the move!

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