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Here, in the Sierra Foothills, it is a challenge to find flowers that will grow in both the heat of summer and the snow and ice of winter.  We also have the deer to consider! 

We also have Shasta Daisies, Spiderwort, Daylilies and various other flower plants to choose from.

Top quality Iris rhizomes and flower plants are fresh dug right before shipping.  Your Iris rhizomes and flower plants will arrive trimmed and ready to plant. 

These are all fresh dug plants, getting them to you fresh, healthy and fast is our number one goal.

How to plant and take care of Iris:

General directions for all of our fresh dug Iris and flower plants:  All flower plants will arrive trimmed and ready to plant.  I cannot be responsible for your growing conditions or extremes in weather.  When you receive your shipment you should plant them immediately.  Remember…they have already been out of the ground for a few days.  Water at planting time and keep moist but not soggy for the first month, so the roots can get established.  

General Iris information and directions:  Iris need at least 6-8 hours of sun. In extremely hot climates, some shade is beneficial, but in most climates Iris do best in full sun. Be sure to provide your Iris good drainage.  They will not tolerate soggy soil. 

The best time to plant is between July and October.  Ideally, when summer heat has ended and cooler fall weather arrives.  Severe winter and early freeze areas should plant before the end of August to ensure early root development.  A good general rule is to plant at least 6 to 8 weeks before your first freeze.

Iris can also be planted throughout the Spring and early Summer.  Iris planted at these times will often take an extra season to bloom.

Depth to Plant:  Iris should be planted so the tops of the rhizomes are exposed and the roots are spread out facing downward in the soil. In very light soils or in extremely hot climates, covering the rhizome with 1 inch of soil may be desirable. Firm the soil around each rhizome and then water to help settle the soil. A common mistake is to plant Iris too deeply.

Distance Apart:  Iris are generally planted 12 to 24 inches apart. Close planting gives an immediate effect, but closely planted Iris will need to be divided often. Plants spaced further apart will need less frequent dividing. 

Watering:  Newly set plants need moisture to help their root systems become established. Specific watering information depends on your climate and your soil, but keep in mind that deep watering at long intervals is better than more frequent shallow waterings. Once established, Iris normally don't need to be watered except in arid areas. Over watering is a common error.

Garden Care:  Keep your Iris beds clean and free of weeds and debris, allowing the tops of the rhizomes to bask in the sun. Bloom stems should be cut off close to the ground after blooming. Healthy green leaves should be left undisturbed, but diseased or brown leaves should be removed.

Iris In Pots:  Iris can be successfully grown in pots. First, select a roomy pot.  Use a 12" or deeper pot . Make sure your pot has good drainage.  Leave at least one inch below the pot's rim, and leave the top of the rhizome exposed. Water only when the top two inches of soil are dry. Over watering will cause rot. Keep the pot outdoors during the winter. When bloom buds begin to appear in the fans, you can bring the pot inside and place in a bright sunny window to enjoy the blooms indoors, or leave them outside.