Irises forum: Planting Bearded iris rhizomes in July

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Name: Jonathan Eubanks
Louisiana (Zone 8b)
Jul 16, 2017 7:41 PM CST
I have been given some iris rhizomes that i believe were dug up in late June but i don't know if i should plant them now or later(if it's not too late). They all appear to be firm and not squishy nor shriveled. I cut all the leaves off to the base of each rhizome. If you have any advice on planting bearded iris in summer, please let me know.
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Jul 16, 2017 9:01 PM CST


I do almost all of my iris planting in July. However, given how far south you are, you might want to wait until the heat starts to ease up a bit, late August/September maybe?
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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Jul 17, 2017 5:12 AM CST
Hello Johnathan and welcome to the iris forum. I live in mid AR and I plant mine as soon as I receive them. If you decide to wait until cooler weather spread the rhizomes out in a dry shaded place where they will not be baked by the sun or where the humidity can cause moisture to form. If they start to sprout new leaves I would not cut them off. When you plant your irises remember not to plant the rhizome, the part many people think is a bulb, below the soil. In this area I plant half in and half out of the soil. If your area is often wet you will want the rhizome sitting on the soil with the roots below the soil surface. Bearded irises do not like to be constantly wet and can not tolerate standing water. If your planting area is always wet you will want a raised area or even mounds to plant them in. Good luck and keep up updated on their progress. Smiling
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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Jul 17, 2017 8:21 PM CST
Welcome, Jonathan! Welcome!
Name: daphne
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Jul 17, 2017 9:33 PM CST
Welcome! to the iris forum
Name: Barbara
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Jul 17, 2017 11:06 PM CST
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Name: Robin
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Jul 18, 2017 2:52 AM CST
Welcome! Jonathan.
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Jul 18, 2017 4:55 AM CST
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Name: Richard
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Jul 18, 2017 11:48 AM CST
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