Irises forum→Dividing bearded iris in northern Virginia

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Name: Pat
McLean, VA (Zone 7a)
Jul 2, 2017 8:34 PM CST
Would now be a bad time, with temperatures in the 90s? I think they bloomed here in early to mid-late May, so it's been about 6 weeks. If this is too early, what is a good time and when would it be too late?
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Jul 3, 2017 3:28 AM CST
If you're brave enough to work in the heat, the iris will be fine to dig now. Or later when it cools off some. Smiling
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Jul 3, 2017 7:43 AM CST
Anytime between now and early September should be good for your area. I have planted in the end of September here in NC with good results but you get frost before we do.
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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Jul 3, 2017 10:38 AM CST
In early September here, just as night temps start cooling down, the iris break their heat dormancy. I like to dig/plant mine in late June through July so that they can get some growth in before they go into winter dormancy. I can dig in August, but like Tom indicated in his post above, it is too hot and humid for me to be digging then. Smiling
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