How To Separate Your Iris.

Iris are a great plant and it is so rewarding. Perhaps you had planted some and today have begun to produce as many blooms than in the past previous years? Iris have to be separated once every three years or so. That’s not a difficult thing to do but a generalized observation for some. In this article, I discuss how I separate my iris.


It is advisable to wait around six to eight weeks after bloom to separate, it gives them time to get energy, but I have also had good success digging up and replanting best as they are done blooming. I really do better in keeping in mind what color is where. Sometimes if you deadhead you may get a little re-bloom near Fall but I just have a few that do this.

Somebody asked me how I deadhead my Iris. Briefly, to deadhead I simply snip off the bloom, then stem and allow them to fall to the ground, I snip every one or two. I do this with all my plants, the pieces that fall to the bottom compost in place and provide the earthworms something to consume.

I will keep snipping until I reach the point of the leaves. And that is for deadheading them, I actually keep the leaves whole because they feed the rhizome and get it ready for after years blooming. I do not really cut the leaves off until they have died back normally. When isolating my Iris I really do not deadhead in advance, I just do digging first but if you would like you can dead do that before you start.

If I will store or treat the rhizomes, I make a container with a straw to lay them in. The straw allows air flow circulate on them assisting to dissuade rot. But that’s optional, I just also lay them on the deck in a shady spot to dry out. if you live in an extremely damp environment you may want to do something to prevent fungus.


I take a good 6 to 7 inches back from the base of the heap of iris and dig in, I likewise use a spade to get this done. If you don’t have a digging fork, don’t worry, almost everyone has a spade.

Iris aren’t selected and planted deep, actually, I’ve some I thrown within an area and didn’t bury whatsoever and they came up and are blooming at this time. Even though they aren’t deep, get your fork down about 5 inches and lift up under the clump, when it is a big clump you will need to work your way around roots and loosening the dirt.

Once pulled from the ground I get rid of the dirt. I do not wash them, despite the fact that they have a little of dirt on them. It really is easy to understand when there is any decay or fungus.
They have some roots, I trim the roots to about 3 inches. I cut the leaves to about five to six inches.

If you want to separate the ones that do not fall apart or you cut out unhealthy or aged gnarly bits, whip out a razor-sharp clean blade and cut them off at the joint. It is strongly suggested to completely clean your cutting tool and that means you do not spread diseases. I’ve experienced no problems with disease (simply fortunate Perhaps) so I don’t really worry about the cleaning stage but I do not recommend you do that.

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