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Planting Instructions for Bearded Iris (German Iris):

Bloom Time:  Early summer Light:  Full sun to part sun (the more sun the better)
Soil:  Sandy, well-drained loam Moisture:  Dry in winter, well-draining in summer
Planting Depth:  Plant with the top of the rhizome slightly above soil level Spacing:  12 to 18"

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Bearded iris are packaged in paper bags and should be slightly dry during shipping.

Soil/Location:  Plant your bearded iris in full to part sun in sandy but loamy, well-drained soil. They are very drought tolerant and can be prone to rot in soil that is too wet or too rich and moisture retentive.

Moisture:  Bearded iris rarely need supplemental water and should dry out well between watering.

Spacing:  12 to 18" apart

Depth:  The tall bearded iris have large rhizomes that like to be planted with the top of the rhizome showing slightly above the soil. The dwarf bearded iris have smaller rhizomes that do better just slightly below the soil but with none of the rhizome showing.

General Instructions:  Amend your garden with some compost to loosen it, if needed. Bearded iris will grow in any well-drained soil so long as they are never really wet. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting area and plant at the depth listed above. After planting you can water in once lightly but then they rarely need supplemental water.

Landscape Uses:  Tall bearded iris are excellent in the middle or back of the border with other early summer plants such as peonies, poppies, Baptisia, and other species of Iris. The dwarf bearded iris make excellent border and rock garden plants.

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