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 Tall Bearded Iris
Sun to mostly sunny,  Zones 3-10, deer and rabbit resistant, drought resistant once established, cat proof* cut flower
*based on personal knowledge, without regard to scientific theory

Bare Root Rhizomes available Summer only

3" Plugs.25 per tray custom grown,  shipping Feb. thru March 15
deadline for orders July 30th.
10% donated to:
 The Virgina Thuston HEALING GARDEN

Abbreviation Codes
E Early (mid to late May)
M Mid (late May to early June)
L Late (early to mid-June)
RE Usually repeats bloom
FR Fragrant

Dykes Dykes Medal (Highest award given by the American Iris Society)
JCWM John C. Wister Medal
KM Knowlton Medal
AM Award of Merit
HM Honorable Mention

Planting Tips For Growing Bare Root Rhizomes
nonviable plants?, contact us upon receipt for a one growers credit

* Have your Tall  Bearded Iris shipped early so plants have time to establish a good root system.
* Plant rhizomes in a well-drained soil that has pH of 6.5-7.0, acid soils should be amended with lime
* from a Midwest grower "Soak rhizomes in a 10% bleach solution for 15-20 minutes upon arrival. Allow to dry before planting"
* Plant the finger-like rhizome horizontally at the soil surface. After watering, 25-50% of the rhizome should be above the soil level
* Water sparingly! Excess moisture can cause roots to rot.
Exhibition Quality Notes: Growing / Dividing / Cutting Back Foliage
dip all knives / scissors  in a container filled with  rubbing alcohol, or something similar, between cuts
 * cut back foliage to 4" in fall
3" Plugs: In colder zones keep in a unheated area until ready to plant,  they easily survive last frosts with ease.

2nd year plants form 3" plugs
Left: Iris Batik
Right: Iris Beverly Sills


these super strong  grown plugs laugh at the winter, remember to cut back in the fall, it's great disease prevention

1Tall Bearded Iris, ' 'Batik',
2 IRIS 'Beverly Sills',
3 Iris ‘Clarence’, 'Feed Back' , 'Gypsy Romance', Hemistiched  re-bloomer,
4 Iris  ‘Immortality’  re-bloomer‘Immortality’
5Iris g. Night Ruler,  Play with Fire, Sign Off re-bloomer, Sugar BLUES re-bloomer
6Iris Savannah Sunset, Swingtown
7Iris pallida Argentea Variegata, Variegata
 Siberian Iris