Ask a Question forum: How do I lift a rhizome for an Iris

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zone 5 - northern Illinois
Aug 5, 2017 11:57 AM CST
I moved and split an Iris this spring. I didn't think to research the process. Now 2 months after replanting I finally got around to learning how to do it and I didn't do it right Sad I planted them too deep. Rhizomes are covered. Should i just sweep away the dirt or should I lift them? If lifting is necessary, what's the best way. I've included a picture to show how deep it is.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Aug 5, 2017 4:43 PM CST
The rhizomes should end up about 1/2 inch below the soil surface. You can easily lift them by putting a shovel under the whole clump, lifting it out, adding the right amount of soil under them and putting them back.

This is the perfect time of year to be doing iris planting and replanting.
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zone 5 - northern Illinois
Aug 5, 2017 7:57 PM CST
Thank You!

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