Iris Open Your Eyes
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- SPACING12-24" between plants
- LIGHTFull sun to part shade
- ZONEPerennial zones 3-8
- INCLUDES3 large bare root plants and a wooden plant marker
- Botanical NameIris Germanica
The Bearded Iris Open Your Eyes has a few things going for it: first, it's blue and white which, as a color combination, will never ever ever go out of style. Second, it's fragrant, which is something many bearded Iris lack - this guy has a strong and sweet fragrance. And finally, it's a dwarf, at just 15" tall it grows great in a container or in the front of the garden. Cute, classy and sweet.
- DEER Deer resistant
- KIDS+PETS Toxic
- DIFFICULTY Easy
- CLIMATE Likes full sun or afternoon shade
- WATER Drought tolerant
- INDOOR+POTS Grows well in containers
How to Plant
Iris roots should be planted in the early fall. The most important thing here is - don't plant your new friend too deep or it won't flower! The rhizome looks like a bit of a long potato and has roots growing down from it, and the green foliage (which may be brown - this is normal) growing up. You want to plant it with the roots buried and pointing down, and the foliage growing up. The bulb part - the rhizome - should be about 5% visible above the soil line - do not bury it all the way. Now give your plant a wish, a few solid pats to compress the soil around it, and a long drink of water.
Where to Plant
Find a place with good well-draining soil (this is the most important part - the roots are prone to rot) and that gets a decent amount of sun. Space plants about 12-24" apart. They will spread and multiply gradually.
When to Plant
Plant within a day or two of receiving your root.
When to Expect Blooms
For a couple of glorious weeks in the early Summer.
Water deeply every couple of weeks during dry spells for the first year, being mindful not to over-water since Iris are prone to rot. After the first year they do not need any supplemental water.
If you have hot Summers, the Iris will still bloom well with some afternoon shade, and you can bury the rhizome almost completely to protect it from the heat.