Irises need dividing

Renee Brussaard Renee.Brussaard at
Thu Jun 15 20:57:06 EST 2000

thanks for your help! I'll move them this weekend.

"- oo" <-oo at> wrote in message
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> Yes, move them now.  The reason to move them right after flowering is
> to maximize next season's flower production.  Move them too late and
> you risk losing flowers.  Move them too soon and you will likely kill
> the current flower buds.  But, if you're not getting flowers anyway,
> you have nothing to lose moving them early, which I would recommend.
> It's an imprecise measure at best.  I've move irises anytime during
> the summer, from right after flowering in april-may (California) to
> august-september, and never saw any ill effects.
> If you're in California, it's a bit late, but better than waiting
> until next year. If in a colder climate like the northeast, now's the
> best time.  You'll be able to tell from your neighbors' blooms.
> Oh yes, I've never used a fungicide, although it's a widely
> recommended practice, and never seen any adverse effects.  Seems to be
> to be a bit excessive for a garden, maybe if your living depended on
> it.  I do sprinkle a slug of bone meal when I plant them.  Don't know
> if it does any good or if it's just a sacrificial offering, but I do
> it routinely.
> Good luck on the irises.
> -oo
> On Tue, 6 Jun 2000 10:46:36 -0400, "Renee Brussaard"
> <Renee.Brussaard at> wrote:
> >Can someone tell me when it is best to divide irises? I have some in my
> >garden which aren't blooming. It looks as though they have been in the
> >spot since they were planted.  I've heard that they should be moved every
> >few years.  Is it okay to divide and move them now?
> >

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