|Pacifica Iris clump with a little hail topdressing: yes, this plant has active root growth below ground.|
|Healthy PCI buds suggest it's time to divide and replant--but check the roots first to ensure success.|
|PCI 'Mission Santa Cruz' has a lovely new root, and is ready to be moved.|
Between hail storms today I went out and dug around a few plants to see what they are doing in the soil. I found a mixed bag, ranging from completely dormant (Iris tenax) to starting to grow (several recent Ghio hybrids).
|This PCI fan shows the roots from young (and active) on the left through the full sequence of older darker roots to fine roots off the rhizome on the right. It's ready to be replanted.|
|Iris tenax is just starting to break winter dormancy; you can see the green shoots to the upper right. Roots are still brown.|
|Iris lazica has a bud. Not a PCI, but a good companion to them, and one that adds months of flowers to the garden, as does I. unguicularis.|