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Bearded iris   

Iris germanica

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Belonging to the Iris genus, Bearded iris has a botanical name of Iris germanica.

Leaves appear approximately as a   Blue-green and   Teal

A type of flower / ornamental, it mainly grows as a perennial plant - which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+).

Normally growing to a mature height of 86.0 cm (2.79 feet), Bearded iris grows with a clump-forming habit. This plant tends to bloom in mid spring.

Bearded iris is a great plant to attract butterflies to your garden.

Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Bearded iris is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Bearded iris have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Bearded iris

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Remove faded flowers.

Bearded iris likes a position of full sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 3 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. A soil ph of between 6.1 and 7.8 is ideal for Bearded iris as it does best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Bearded iris is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to go dormant over the long winter months.

See our list of companion Plants for Bearded iris to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Bearded iris from seed

Aim to sow 0.99 inches (2.55 cm) deep and try to ensure a gap of at least 1.19 inches (3.05 cm).

Transplanting Bearded iris

When your iris gets overcrowded you may choose to divide it. Iris should be dividing in late summer to late fall depending on your climate. Look for when Iris would normally be sown in your area to see when a good time to divide Iris. Dig up your clump and discard any mushy rhizomes or any that appear rotten or otherwise unhealthy. Take the rest and cut them with clean pruning shears about 3-4 inches long each (or look for narrow spots where they would naturally brake). Plant each new rhizome section in it’s new location as soon as possible.

For storing rhizomes (if you plan to move to a different house or trade them) cut off the foliage and store them in a cool dry place such as a fridge, or cold garage or shed. Try to plant them as quickly as possible but they may survive up to 6 months. They might not bloom for a year or two as they recover from storage.

As Bearded iris is very hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

How long does Bearded iris take to grow?

These estimates for how long Bearded iris takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Bearded iris to germinate?
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Average 94 days | Min 13 days | Max 27176 days (11)

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Other names for Bearded iris

Orris, German iris, German bearded iris, Iris, saksankurjenmiekka, Bearded iris , Dwarf bearded iris

Iris germanica L.

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