Irises are a popular flower. There are 260 to 300 different species, which means it grows in almost every part of the world. No matter where you live, you will find a species of this flowering plant. Want to start growing these flowers? Here’s how!
1- Find the Species that Grows Best in Your Area
You will save a lot of time (and frustrations) by choosing a type of flower that grows best in your zone. For instance, bearded iris grow best in northern temperate zones, and that’s why they are the most popular. These come in a wide variety of colors and types; browse through any garden shop or catalog, and find the type that you like the most.
2- Best Location in the Garden
Like many flowers, the iris thrives in full sunlight and well-drained soil. The latter is most crucial to the health of the plant, as soggy soil can easily cause the roots the rot out. Once you find the perfect spot, dig up the soil, and add the compost. Make sure that you mix it all well to ensure healthy soil for your plants to grow.
3- Sow the Rhizomes
Place the seeds (rhizomes) about three inches deep in the soil. Place each stalk in the ground separately, spacing them so they have enough room to grow and flourish- twelve to eighteen inches apart. Carefully plant them in the soil with the roots on the bottom. Cover them up with more soil, ensuring it firmly holds the rhizomes in place.
4- Care for Your Plants
Caring for your iris plants isn’t hard. All you need to do is water them regularly, but don’t forget to monitor the levels of water you use, because you don’t want to over-water the plants.