Irises are shipped in July and August. Rhizomes will be trimmed, marked by name, soaked in a bleach solution, and dried before they are mailed to you. We ship USPS Priority Mail so you will have a tracking number and insurance. USPS has unfortunately discontinued their Regional Rate boxes this year and shipping charges have gone up. We are still charging $12 Flat rate shipping in 2023 per order for any number of irises ordered, and hopefully it will all balance out. (Shipping in USA only)
Bearded irises prefer full sun or at least six hours of sun per day to get your best bloom. They prefer well-draining soil (i.e., don't like to stay wet for long periods of time). Plant your irises about a foot apart with the green fan up and the rhizome just below the top of the soil. Keep them watered after planting for a while until they get established in their new location. After that, they will require very little watering, if any.
Irises bloom in the Springtime and prefer full sun. Our bloom season in North Texas lasts all of April and into May. Iris gardens in the north will have their bloom season later than that. Irises classified as Rebloomers will sometimes bloom at other times of the year as well. Some of them rebloom for us right after the regular bloom season (in June) and some bloom in the Fall. Reblooming irises sometimes need extra care, like fertilizer and watering, before they will rebloom. Keep in mind that everyone's garden conditions are different and you might experience different results. Irises are also typically classified as early (E), mid season (M), or late season (L) bloomers. Planting some of each helps extend your bloom season!
There are thousands of bearded irises registered with The American Iris Society. AIS judges vote on a variety of awards each year, with the top award being the Dyke's Medal. The AIS website is a wealth of information! You can see additional information on awards, classifications and everything else "iris" on their website www.irises.org. Awards & Symposiums – American Iris Society (irises.org)