HIS IRIS GARDEN
Planting and Replanting your Irises
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Planting (or Replanting) Irises

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A single iris to be replanted.

Separate the irises you wish to replant.  Be sure to work with one variety at a time - since they all look the same when they're not blooming.

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Neatly trim leaves.

Trimming the leaves makes them easier to handle.

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Trimmed

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Trim the roots too.

The rhizome/fan can be planted easier if the leaves and roots are trimmed.

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Trimmed roots - no harm done at all.

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New roots are beginning before it's planted.

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Plant in shallow hole, on raised moound.

Properly planted iris with leaf fan.
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Note the exposed rhizome top.

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For an instant bouquet.

Note above how the single rhizome/fan is planted with the top of the rhizome exposed. 
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Note: below the irises are planted much closer together in our commercial garden, since they are dug and moved every year.  In your garden you'll probably want more space between plants, especially if you plan to leave them there for two or three years.  

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The row is complete. The next one is being watered.