In the Garden: August 14, 2014 -Bearded Iris

In the Garden: August 14, 2014 -Bearded Iris

The Bearded Iris. every few years you should dig them up, treat them, and replant. the process may seem difficult, but our Garden Experts have some tips on preserving the bearded iris.
 
(Josh)
We are back for this weeks in the garden with the greenhouse project. Donna Zagrapan is with me. Donna we are talking about the bearded iris today. and we are talking about how to keep this healthy, and preserve it. how do we need to get started?
(Donna)
So, every 3 to 5 years, you really should, take them apart, and groom them up. what your gonna do, you're going to dig it up from your garden, which i have already done. i just did this , this morning. it will come out in a big klump. some of them will be stuck together, some of it won't. the next thing you're going to do, (which I have already done), is hose this off. you want to clean it up. This is the original part of the iris, and you really don't need that. this is getting old, it is getting brown. so what you are going to do, is you're going to cut that off.
(Josh)
How do you know not to cut too high or too low?
(Donna)
So I deadheaded the flowers, but i left the stocks. so first I'm going to cut that. we are going to throw that away. then the really good part here is this is my new plant, and we have some nice healthy roots here.see these roots. what we are going to do is we are going to take our shears, and cut them right there. and now we have a new plant. next we are going to cut about 6 inches, take some of the leaves off. and this will send the food back into here to produce new root. you got a beautiful healthy, nice and white. we got beautiful roots there. We cut off the top of the leaves, to send the food back into the rye zone.
(Josh)
So, between each cut you need to clean those shears?
(Donna)
Yes you do. here we have some soft rot in the old part that we cut off earlier. So we want to make sure that we cut far enough away
that that isn't preserved in the new plant.. now these guys are ready to plant. all you are going to do is digh a short hole in your garden, and your only going to plant it, this deep, (top of ball), so you want the top of this to actually show, and not be buried.
(Josh)
alright Donna.
(Donna)
Very simple. you have alot of new plants.
(Josh)
Thank you so much.
(Donna)
You're very welcome.
(Josh)
And we are going to wrap it up for now, for this weeks in the garden with the greenhouse project, 

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