Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Growing Dutch Iris

Tips for growing Dutch Iris, the easiest spring bulb.

My irises are blooming!!

Dutch Iris

Tips for Growing Dutch Iris:

I love spring blooming Dutch Iris as they are carefree and every year you get more and more. My garden is full of purple and yellow Dutch iris that are from the first bulbs I bought over 20 years ago and have moved from one house to another.

1. In fall buy a bag of the bulbs and plant according to package directions. I have never even fed mine. They seem to thrive on neglect.

2. Water at least once a week through winter and when the green tips emerge.

3. Mine bloom in March and April. I enjoy and cut for bouquets.

4. Once blooms are spent I cut the plant back to about 6-8 inches to clean up the area but leave the greenery until it has full browned and then they are easy to pull out and toss. The dying stalks are what feeds the bulbs for next year. 

5. Every few years, dig up in winter and divide. This keeps them coming back year after year in mass and better than ever!