Iris Champagne and Strawberries
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- ZONEPerennial zones 3-8
- SHIPPINGBeginning in fall
- INCLUDES3 large bare root plants and a wooden plant marker
- Botanical NameIris Germanica
The Bearded Iris Champagne and Strawberries is so elegant and striking with it's block-colored design - dusty pink upper petals and warm mauve lower petals - it's the Rothko Four Seasons of flowers.
- SPACING12-24" between plants
- LIGHTFull sun to part shade
- DEERDeer resistant
- WATERDrought tolerant
- INDOOR+POTSGrows well in containers outside
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 few solid pats to compress the soil around it, and a long drink of water, and wait until spring.
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 mostly 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 roots.
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.