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Name: Amy
Easton, MD
Mar 27, 2020 11:34 AM CST
I am in a new garden and have newly purchased iris bulbs (White Swirl Siberian). I would like to plant them at the edge of a wooded area. The spot is in the shade in the morning and gets afternoon/evening sun. Will this do, or, should I look for a different spot?
thank you!
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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Mar 27, 2020 2:58 PM CST
iris can take half day sun, but more is better. Siberians like acidic soil & remember they are rhisomes, not bulbs so should not be buried in the soil. White Swirl is a lovely plant & one would hope that shade would not increase.
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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Mar 28, 2020 12:55 PM CST
I live in Maryland, and have about a 30 year-old clump of White Swirl which booms well every year, planted under a maple tree where it probably gets significantly less than 6 hours of sun. My impression is that siberians can tolerate quite a bit more shade than German iris can
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Name: Amy
Easton, MD
Apr 6, 2020 5:35 AM CST
Thank you for these insights! The rhizomes are planted, their little tips look happy!

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