Irises forum: Iris Transplanting

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Ingram, Pa
May 29, 2017 6:15 AM CST
We have a small iris bed with three different types. It has mostly white bearded Iris and we wanted to transplant the purple bearded iris and a smaller pale blue and yellow iris. Should we have any concerns? Are there any timing concerns. All have bloomed.
Thank you for your advice. Sincerely, Jeff Taylor
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 29, 2017 9:56 AM CST
Transplant now. Afterwards, cut tops to 3 to 4 inches at slight angle.
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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May 29, 2017 11:39 PM CST
You can divide up to 4 weeks before your first frost date. If you don't get frost or freezing weather, anytime after bloom is okay. No need to cut the foliage back.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 30, 2017 11:04 AM CST
People cut them at angle 3 to 4 inches mostly for esthetic look.
But ! I think it forces them to grow, and makes for better bloom next year.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
May 30, 2017 11:54 AM CST
The idea behind trimming the leaves on transplanted irises is so newly planted rhizomes wont blow over in the wind. By cutting the leaves, it gives the rhizomes a chance to set new roots and anchor the plant before the new leaves are sprouted. Also, with the cut leaves, it allows the rhizome to send more energy to producing those new roots, instead of trying to keep the tall leaves alive.

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