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polbpolb Posts: 198
Hi, I was given some dwarf iris bulbs for Christmas and I was wondering what the best thing is to do with them as I guess they should have been planted a few months ago.

Should I just plant them now and not expect much from them this year? Will they still improve and come back each year?

Should I just store them until autumn? If so how should I store them?

Many thanks!


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,253
    I would just plant them as usual. They do better in small terracotta pots with some added grit. They should flower a bit later than usual if you're lucky.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,386
    They won’t keep until autumn ... as long as they’re not squishy I’d  plant them now ... I’d put them in a container of gritty compost and put them in a sheltered corner of the garden ... I think they’ll flower for you ... probably next year too, but the little Iris reticulata don’t last for many years unfortunately. 
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  • polbpolb Posts: 198
    Thanks Lizzie - I was trying to avoid planting bulbs in pots this year!! I'll maybe do that for just these then. Would they be suitable to then plant out come autumn?
  • polbpolb Posts: 198
    Ah ok - a pot it is then! Many thanks to you both for your advice. Very helpful thank you!  :)
  • AstroAstro Posts: 357
    I often put them pots and sink the pots in the ground. It means you can control their conditions better and they can be put in or pulled when you want
  • polbpolb Posts: 198
    Oh that's a great idea! Thank you! :)
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