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Re-Blooming Bearded Iris Hemstitched is a new classic in blue and white. Wide white petals rimmed in frothy blue. (Iris germanica)

Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Fragrant
Fragrant
Multiple Blooms / Harvest
Multiple Blooms / Harvest
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 32" tall, Plant rhizomes 12-24" apart
Bloom Time Late spring and again in early in mid fall
Size Bareroot Plant
SKU 22IRIS
Hemstitched is a new classic in blue and white. Wide white falls are rimmed in frothy blue and then standards (the upper petals) are rimmed with a heavier, but matching frothy border.

Growing Bearded Irises These majestic flowers are surprisingly easy to grow, and actually require less attention than almost any other garden flowers. Your iris roots will arrive with the foliage "trimmed" from this spring's growth. You'll find the "root" is not really a bulb, but what is called a "rhizome"--an irregularly shaped bulbous root that grows at a right angle from the foliage. Leave the trimmed foliage as it is, and simply bury the rhizome with the top of it showing through the soil surface. Bearded irises grow best with the tops of their rhizomes exposed.

Next spring, new foliage and the flower spikes will sprout strongly from the rhizome. What's more, next summer, you'll notice the rhizome multiplying for even more flowers as years go by.

SKU 22IRIS
Common Name Re-Blooming Bearded Iris or German Iris
Botanical Name Iris germanica
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 32" tall
Estimated Mature Spread Plant rhizomes 12-24" apart
Bloom Time Late spring and again in early in mid fall
Planting Depth Iris should be planted so the tops of the rhizomes are exposed and the roots are spread out facing downwards in the soil. Make sure not to plant the rhizomes too deep.
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Easy to Grow, Fragrant, Multiple Blooms / Harvest
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Bearded iris, Iris germanica, is a hardy, long-lived perennial that require a minimum of maintenance. The flowers have six petals; three upright petals (called standards) and three hanging petals (called falls). A fuzzy line or beard runs down the middle of each fall. Flowers come in many colors including blue, pink, purple, reddish, white, yellow, and bi-colors. Most bearded iris flower in the spring (April to June depending on cultivar), but some of the new cultivars re-flower in the summer and fall. The second flower display is not as showy as the spring display but last into the fall. Many re-blooming iris are fragrant.

Bearded irises are classified into several types: miniature dwarf (height 8 inch or less, 1 to 2 inch diameter flowers), standard dwarf (height 8 to 15 inches), intermediate (height 16 to 27 inches), miniature tall (height 16 to 25 inches, small flowers), border (height 16 to 27 inches), and tall (height 28 to 38 inches). The shorter iris flower first, followed by the intermediate, and then the taller irises.

Growth Habit

Iris have thick, fleshy, underground stems (called rhizomes) that store food produced by the sword-shaped, semi-evergreen leaves. The rhizomes grow best when planted at or slightly below the soil surface with feeder roots penetrating the soil below. Each year underground offsets develop from the original rhizome. Buds produce a large fan of leaves and several flower stalks. Success with iris depends on keeping the rhizomes firm and healthy. In general, this is done by providing the rhizome good drainage while the feeder roots below remain moist but not wet.

Site Selection and Preparation

A full sun exposure is preferred; however, some of the delicate pink and blue iris hold their color better in partial shade. Excessive shade will reduce or prevent flowering. Good soil drainage is essential to prevent rhizomes from rotting. It may be necessary to plant the rhizomes in raised beds (at least 6 inches high) to obtain proper drainage.

Iris will grow in many soil types but a light, loamy soil with a pH of 6 to 7 that has been amended with organic matter is preferred. A tight clay soil may keep the rhizome too wet and should have organic matter (pine bark, compost) incorporated to improve drainage. Manure is not usually recommended for iris but can be used if well-rotted and incorporated at least 6 inches deep into the bed (should not come in contact with rhizomes).

Fertilization of iris is important to obtain best results, but must be done in moderation. Nitrogen, potash, and phosphorus are essential for iris, but excessive nitrogen promotes lush growth that is more susceptible to rot diseases. At planting, incorporate ½ lb of a low-nitrogen fertilizer such as 5-10-10 per 50 ft2 (1 ½ oz per 10 ft2). Taking and following the results of a soil test is the preferred method to determine fertilizer amounts.

Planting

The best time to plant bearded iris is July through September. This will allow them to become well established before winter. Container-grown iris can be planted in the spring. In a well-prepared bed, dig a shallow hole large enough to accommodate the rhizome or clump of rhizomes. Form a mound of soil in the center for the planting base. Make the mound high enough so the top of the rhizome is slightly above soil level. Spread the roots around the mound, fill with soil, and water. For a mass of color, plant at least three rhizomes (spaced 8 to 10 inches apart) or plant undivided clumps; point each fan of leaves away from the center of the group. Clumps should be spaced 18 inches apart. Mulch should be applied to fall-planted iris to reduce heaving during the winter.

Care and Maintenance

Before flowering, water plants often enough to keep the soil moist but not wet. Reblooming iris should be watered during the summer, while spring-flowering iris will tolerate drought. After flowers fade, cut flower stalks back to an inch or two above the rhizome to prevent seed formation. Plants that are growing well (good green foliage) may not need fertilizing. If you fertilize, apply ½ cup of 5-10-10 fertilizer per iris clump after flowering. Fertilizer can burn the rhizomes; it should be applied around but not directly on them. Reblooming iris should be fertilized in the spring as new growth begins and after spring flowering ends. Iris respond to shallow (1 to 2 inches) cultivation and should not be mulched. In early fall, cut leaves 6 to 8 inches from the ground, especially if foliage disease occur.

After 3 to 5 years, iris generally become crowded and should be divided. Iris can be divided any time, but many growers prefer to divide 4 to 6weeks after the flowering period. Cut the leaves to one-third their length. Dig the clump and wash soil off with a hose. Cut rhizomes apart so that each section has at least one healthy fan of leaves and firm, white roots. Older rhizomes may seem firm but should be discarded since they have limited flowering capacity.

Common Bearded Iris Problems

Poor flowering -- is normally due to planting in excessive shade, using excessive nitrogen fertilizer, or planting the rhizomes too deep. Limited flowering may also occur if plants become too crowded and need dividing.

Bacterial soft rot -- is the most serious iris disease. Bacteria enter through injuries or cuts to the rhizome. Soft rot causes the rhizomes to become mushy and have a disagreeable odor. Use of fresh manure or excess nitrogen, coupled with poor drainage, contribute to soft rot development. Dig up and destroy diseased rhizomes. If the rot is not extensive, cut off and destroy diseased plant parts.

Crown rot fungus -- causes a rot at the base of leaves where they join the rhizome and causes them to fall over. It is identified by reddish-brown "mustard seeds" which are produced by the fungus. Trim leaves to admit more sunlight and air movement to the rhizomes; carefully remove and destroy all diseased leaves.

Leaf spots -- After flowering, leaves may become dotted with small, brown spots. Bacterial leaf spot has a watery, streaked appearance. Water-soaked margins around the spot turn yellow. Fungal leaf spots are rust-colored, drier, and more confined. Since disease organisms overwinter on old foliage, cut and destroy leaves of infected plants in the fall. Spray with a registered fungicide during extended periods of high humidity or rainy seasons.

Mosaic -- is a viral disease that causes a mottling of leaves and flowers. It is transmitted by aphids. Remove and destroy infected plants and control aphids.

Iris borer -- The first symptoms of iris borers are small notches on the leaf edge or small accumulation of sawdust frass in early spring. Iris later develop loose, rotted bases and holes in rhizomes. Bacterial soft rot readily attacks borer-infested plants. Carefully remove and destroy old leaves, stems, and plant debris in the fall. A registered insecticide can be applied to the rhizomes in the spring as new growth occurs.

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American MeadowsRe-Blooming Bearded Iris Hemstitched
 
3.2

(based on 9 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate instructions (3)
  • Low maintenance (3)
  • Vivid colors (3)

Cons

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2.0

Never bloomed

By 

from Cuyahoga Falls OH

About Me Casual Hobbyist

Pros

    Cons

    • Never Bloomed After Harsh

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows Re-Blooming Bearded Iris Hemstitched:

      Put these irises last Fall in a flowerbed up against a scalloped fence. All plants came up except one but never bloomed at all ! We had a harsher-than-usual winter here but I'm really disappointed that I didn't get even a single bloom !!

       
      2.0

      Beautiful if they bloom

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      from Tennessee

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      Pros

      • Low Maintenance
      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Cut Flowers
        • Large Areas

        Comments about American Meadows Re-Blooming Bearded Iris Hemstitched:

        They bloomed the second year after planting and were beautiful. Often people walking past our house stopped and commented on them. This year they didn't bloom in spring or fall. I'm very disappointed. Its not just the waste of money but all the time and work to plant them.

         
        5.0

        Easy to grow

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        from Conroe TX

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        Pros

        • Low Maintenance
        • Pest Resistant
        • Reliable Growth
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

        • Short Bloom Time

        Best Uses

        • Containers
        • Cut Flowers
        • Large Areas
        • Raised Beds

        Comments about American Meadows Re-Blooming Bearded Iris Hemstitched:

        Mass planting , a must have for cottage looking gardens. Plant along walk ways .

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Worth the wait

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        from Pleasant View TN

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        Pros

        • Low Maintenance
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

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            Comments about American Meadows Re-Blooming Bearded Iris Hemstitched:

            It took two years but mine bloomed this year and they were absolutely stunning. Although I have two large flower beds with many flowers, people walking by often stopped and asked about these. I have only one complaint and that is they did not rebloom so I only gave them 4 stars. All my other rebloomers are already flowering again so I'm guessing I'm not going to get another bloom from these. They are so beautiful I'm happy to have had one.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beautiful Plants

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            from Colorado

            Comments about American Meadows Re-Blooming Bearded Iris Hemstitched:

            Just wanted you to know how beautiful the plants were. Iris are my favorite flower so I'm looking forward to spring when they bloom. We have trouble with drainage and clay so I raised them up slightly above the normal soil level and put borders around them to hold better dirt. Just keeping my fingers crossed that that will be the solution to our problem. Again, thanks for such beautiful plants.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Bearded Iris

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            from Pingree Grove, IL

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Fragrant
            • Hardy
            • Healthy
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Garden

              Comments about American Meadows Re-Blooming Bearded Iris Hemstitched:

              Love them

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              • Personal

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Beautiful Iris

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              from Nashville, TN

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              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Fragrant
              • Hardy
              • Healthy
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Flimsy
              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Garden

              Comments about American Meadows Re-Blooming Bearded Iris Hemstitched:

              These are beautiful Irises that have large flowers. I have had them for 3 years and they multiply like crazy. The only downside of these flowers are that they have four large flowers on one stalk and when they get wet the stalks fall over. If you buy these irises consider staking them early so you can enjoy your flowers longer.

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              1.0

              Never bloomed

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              from Astoria, NY

              About Me Getting Started

              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use

              Best Uses

              • Outdoors

              Comments about American Meadows Re-Blooming Bearded Iris Hemstitched:

              Never even put up leaves. Not sure if dead or if a squirrel ate them. On my 2nd spring with nothing coming from the ground where I planted them.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Never rebloomedm, DEAD

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              from mount airy, md

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Pros

              • None

              Cons

              • Died never came back

              Best Uses

              • Outdoors

              Comments about American Meadows Re-Blooming Bearded Iris Hemstitched:

              Plant never grew, died shortly after planting and never came back.

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