Forum home Plants

Irises what next?

JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Paris FrancePosts: 724
i have had some beautiful irises for the first time this year. They are almost finished flowering now so what’s next? Should I deadhead them, let them die back etc?

As they have never flowered for me before I have never had to figure out what to do with them. 


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,851
    When all the petals have dropped, just pinch the flower heads off to stop it wasting energy making seed.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Paris FrancePosts: 724
    Fidget ones once the leaves die back should I lift and dry the bulbs like tulips and daffy. All are in pretty shallow soil so I don’t usually let my other bulbs stay in the pots.
  • InglezinhoInglezinho Posts: 558
    Why do you lift and dry your tulips and daffs? You shouldn't mess with hardy bulbs or tubers unless they become overcrowded and exhaust the soil or you want to propagate them. Just deadhead, as Fidget says, and add some bonemeal to the soil. After a few years the clump will spread out and die in the centre. That is the time to replant. Good luck.
    Everyone likes butterflies. Nobody likes caterpillars.
  • JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Paris FrancePosts: 724
    Unfortunately I only have a terrace so everything is pot grown and space is a premium. My pots all get used for summer plants once the bulbs die back. 
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,422
    @Inglezinho - in the parts of Britain with wet winters or poorly-drained soil, we have to lift tulips after they've flowered because they won't flower the next year if we just leave them in the ground... daffs are usually ok though.  However, in @Jacquimcmahon's case she obviously has no option but to lift her bulbs after they've flowered.   :)
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
Sign In or Register to comment.