Iris Basics

Iris Basics

Welcome to Iris Basics, where you can find answers to your questions about  irises.  You’ve never grown them before?  You have a brown thumb?  You’re not sure where to start?  We can help!  Choose an area below and you’ll find loads of information at your fingertips.  You’ll have a beautiful iris garden in no time!

Buttered Popcorn2 - Mu(Note: this information pertains to bearded irises, but we will be adding information on other irises soon.)

Parts of an Iris:  here are several illustrations that show the various parts of a bearded iris.
Bearded Iris Classifications:  the AIS website has a great overview of the different classes of bearded irises.  They come in all sizes!
Iris Colors and Patterns:  what’s a variegata, or an amoena, or a bitone?  Find out here.
Getting Started:  selecting a site, preparing the area, and growing in raised beds and pots.
Choosing Your Irises:  how to select irises, various types of garden beds, and where to get the irises you want.
Planting and Caring for Your Irises:  information on planting, watering, fertilizing, etc.
Unwanted Guests:  dealing with iris pests and diseases.
Dividing and Sharing:  how to divide irises and replant them, and where to share the divisions.
Companion Plants:  what grows well with irises?

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