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My friend would like to know when is the time to cut down your Iris. These particular ones have been planted three years, but have never flowered. They have increased in size and have never been pruned. Many thanks




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you dont cut iris down you just dead head the flowers when you get them . lots of plants arnt doing well in this very dry spring/summer or your plants are to young as yet . i would just keep up the feeding etc and it will flower eventualy as there very hardy plants .

12 Jul, 2011

 

Oh ok, but why is it that you see them sliced across just above the corm(?). Is that when you first plant them ?

12 Jul, 2011

 

Agree with Noseypotter :) Iris don't need pruning, but they may need dividing if the clump has got too big and they're not flowering.
Do you know what type of Iris your friend has Cinderella? Bearded Iris do best in full sun with their rhizomes almost on the surface of the soil where they can get a good "baking" in the summer, but Siberian Irises like moist conditions. Just a thought, but maybe your friend has planted in the wrong situation....?

12 Jul, 2011

 

as np says.how deep are they not very i hope that will stop them flowering aswell.lift them in the autumn and replant they need sun on the rhizones.good luck.

12 Jul, 2011

 

Thanks Puddleduck. I think they are in the sun, where they are getting a baking. I don't know the type, but will pass on your message, thank you

12 Jul, 2011

 

posted at the same time puddleduck sorry.

12 Jul, 2011

 

Lol Kennyboy...I think you said it far better than me :)

Cinderella you are welcome. It's not often I can manage to answer a question on here, so hope it helps your friend :)

12 Jul, 2011

 

Puddleduck, have just spoken to friend, they are bearded iris, thank you

Many thanks Kennyboy, appreciate your help.

12 Jul, 2011

 

youre welcome cinders.

12 Jul, 2011

 

you will go to the ball lol OW YES YOU WILL lol x .

13 Jul, 2011

 

:o))))

13 Jul, 2011

 

the cut leaves are done when the rhizome is split. by cutting the leaves down you reduce wind rock and water loss until new roots are fully established. if the plants are in the post they also need a smaller box so are cheaper to post. :o)

13 Jul, 2011

 

Many thanks Sbg. I think that has given me all the info I needed. Great.

13 Jul, 2011

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