Plant of the Month: The Iris

Her vibrant flower makes her a treasure in the landscape.

I enjoy driving around Indianapolis and seeing the Iris flower in landscapes. She’s an easy plant to spot with a showy flower that brings a smile to my face every time.

In addition to their beauty, these plants need very little care and are easy to maintain. Although there are hundreds of varieties of Irises available, the most common are the Bearded Iris and the Siberian Iris. They grow very easily in Indiana and have few disease and insect problems.

Irises prefer a sunny location with moderately fertile, well-drained soil.   A clay soil will keep the roots too moist.  If planting in an area with heavy clay, it’s best to amend the soil with sand and humus to help promote drainage. Irises should be divided every 3-5 years to help limit overcrowding. This is a great time to share plants with friends and family. The best time to divide the plant is a month after flowering.

If you would like additional information or have questions, please contact me. 

Brian Jones is the President of Scenic Green Inc., an Indianapolis based landscaping firm. He is a certified horticulturist and a former 7th grade social studies teacher.

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