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Thinning Versus Dividing in Bearded Irises

By KentPfeiffer
April 16, 2013

Although irises produce glorious flowers, the plants are remarkably carefree. They do have a somewhat unusual pattern of growth in comparison with other common garden perennials, though, and this presents challenges to gardeners.

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crittergarden
Aug 27, 2013 6:57 AM CST
I knew older rhizomes died away, but I did not know that they start to die after blooming only once.

Thanks.
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Polymerous
Apr 6, 2014 8:28 AM CST
Coming late to this party, but THANKS! Thank You! I have some ever expanding drifts of irises that need attention, and digging and dividing was not something that I wanted to do. (One woman (with limited garden help), large garden, prone to migraines in the heat....when the irises need dividing.)

And curiously enough, cleaning up my shed I recently came across a still-in-the-package hori hori knife, which I had bought some time ago...and couldn't remember why I had bought it. Confused Rolling on the floor laughing Now I've got a definite use for it! Thumbs up
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Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
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crittergarden
Apr 6, 2014 2:19 PM CST
Excellent!

Also one woman here, no help save the neighbor who "lifts and carries" for me twice a year. Small garden - city sized lot, no migraines but prone to heat stroke in July/August.

I love wrestling with everything myself - but SLOWLY! When I get it wrangled into shape that I only need maintenance, I'll know I did it ALL my own damn self! Hilarious! I will like the knifing better than the digging, though.

Gotta get me a hori hori.
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