How to Plant Iris Bulbs

With nearly 300 species, the iris plant is an extremely popular perennial plant. They are easy to grow, and spread quickly. Irises come in all sorts of colors and several groups can be grown in the same garden. They come in bearded and non-bearded varieties. Dwarf versions grow up to about eight inches tall. Irises are an excellent choice for your garden. Here are some key points to remember when planting iris bulbs:

  • Plant your iris bulbs in July, August or September. This will give your new plants the best chance of establishing themselves in your garden.
  • Plant irises in full sunlight. They can also handle partial shade.
  • Do not plant them in soggy areas of your garden. Irises need to be planted in a good draining area so they do not get root rot. You can raise the soil bed level if needed.
  • Do not over fertilize your irises. They do not need the most fertile ground in your garden either. If you plant them in clayish soil, you can use sand and compost to prepare for the iris bulbs.
  • Plant them in a spot where they will have room to grow and spread. They will need to be divided or thinned at regular intervals to prevent them from taking over your garden or adjacent plants.


Irises are an easy flower to work with, and will give your garden a simple to care for splash of color. Iris bulbs are easy to plant, and they will return year after year to brighten your garden.

How to Plant Iris Bulbs
How to Plant Iris Bulbs

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