Best time to transplant iris?


Old 10-27-04, 07:56 AM
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Question Best time to transplant iris?

I do not know anything about flowering plants. Somehow, last summer, maybe the summer before a lot of beautiful purple iris plants ... seven maybe eight (I didn't know they were called "iris" until today) magically appeared along the back wall and fence of one of my salvage yards. Somehow they grew among all the weeds. They were never there before. I've been at this location over 70 years and know that for sure. Except for an occasional tug boat crew pushing a barge up the canal no one sees them, and I really want to move them up front where they'll be seen and appreciated. It's October in NYC ... is it too late? A customer told me they were iris and that I should have done the transplant right after they bloomed and to wait until next year. Is she right? Also .... I'm 85 years old, and am really just looking to keep busy, is this a plant that has tough roots and is hard to make into a root ball for transplanting with? Many thanks, Czar
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Old 10-27-04, 01:00 PM
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Iris are bulb type plants.
Bulbs can be planted / transplanted right now - it is bulb planting time!
Some bone meal mixed in with the soil will help, but not absolutely necessary.

good luck,
Old 10-27-04, 01:49 PM
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Thank you for the great advice ... transplant done this afternoon!!

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