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Transplanting Iris


   Transplanting iris is a pretty straightforward process. It is very similar to the act of transplanting other plants, but there are a few differences that make it require more effort. Transplanting iris can be done for several reasons. The plants may not be thriving because they are too crowded. This can be alleviated by dividing the plants and moving them to different areas of the garden.

   Transplanting iris that are crowded is easy to do. First, the plants must be dug up, and soil washed off with a hose. The rhizomes should be divided in a way that each section has a fan of stems sprouting out, and a good amount of healthy roots. Once divided, the older sections of the rhizome can be discarded, as they will not flower as well as they used to.

   Once divided, it is time for transplanting iris. Transplanting iris that are in rhizome form requires a little bit more effort than other types of plants. The rhizome should be planted at or near the surface of the soil, while the roots shooting off should be planted down much further. The best way to do this is to dig a trench and have a mound running down the center. Place the rhizome on the mound, and spread the roots down the sides. When transplanting iris in bulk, it is important to ensure that all the rhizomes are facing the same direction. This will prevent crowding in early years.

   Transplanting iris can also be done if they are not growing enough. This could be due to bad soil drainage or not enough sun. Transplanting iris to a slope will greatly aid in soil drainage. Iris that are not getting enough sun should be transplanted into an area of the garden or landscape that will provide direct sunlight for the entire day. More information about transplanting iris can be obtained from any local garden center.

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