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Siberian Iris

CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 519

Hello everyone, I have a couple of clumps of siberian Iris, they flowered in June or July I think.   Nice healthy green leaves but Most of them are lying completely flat across the border and onto the grass.  Am I expecting too much of them to stand straighter on their own.  I have been thinking of cutting the leaves down by half to encourage them to stand up (Is this a ridiculous idea image) or do most of you put a hoop round the leaves to keep them up?  The leaves all look healthy, although I think they might prefer moister conditions - unfortunately our garden is a little on the dry side although I do get the sprinkler out weekly.  I think I read on another thread that I should divide them now too before the Autumn?  Many thanks


  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,357

    The leaves usually stand up straight - the bottom half, and droop gracefully  - the top half. A bigger clump supports itself better. Sounds like yours need a good drink!

  • CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 519

    Thanks for your reply buttercupdays, yes I think you're right.  I have given them a good water with the sprinkler the last couple of evenings and that has helped.  think I probably do need to divide them as one clump does seem to have a hollow centre and plant them more towards the back of the border so they don't fall across the lawn - not that I'm that much of a tidy gardener! Far from it - but its a nuisance when you want the cut the grass! Appreciate your help Buttercup.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,333

    Damp spot needed for the Siberian kind Copperdog. They're different from the bearded ones which need planting with the rhizome on top of the soil to get a baking.

    Plant them as you would any other plant, and don't let them dry out  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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