|'Honey Star' by J. Hutchinson (1991) from Australia|
We have already talked about the different ways you can grow LA irises so now we will spend some time on how to plant them. LA irises should be moved in the fall. We want them planted after the hot summer is over and before the first frost. I like to plant them so that they are well established before the real cold starts. You will have to consider the climate in your area and order your irises to arrive at the appropriate time. When you order LA irises from a supplier they will arrive by mail or other delivery methods and will be trimmed, the rhizome (root part of the plant) will be wrapped in wet paper, and the name of the iris will be either written on the foliage of the iris or on a tag attached to the iris. Unlike tall bearded irises, the rhizome of the LA irises must not be allowed to dry out in shipping. I suggest you unpack your iris shipment and then remove all the packing materials. Find an appropriate size container and fill it with about five inches of water. Then place the LA irises in the contained so the rhizomes are covered with water and the foliage is above water. The foliage should have already been cut back to 6-8 inches. If not, now is a good time to do that. Let the irises set in the water for a couple of days while you finish the preparation of your beds or pots.
|LA iris rhizome ready to be planted with clump of 'Clyde Redmond' by Charles Arny (1970) in background|
Now that we have the iris planted, we can sit back and watch it grow!
|'Creole Rhapsody' by Joe Mertzweiller (1998)|
Next we will continue our discussion of growing LA irises.