Iris germanica 'Tennison Ridge' Common Name: Bearded Iris Ships As: 1 Rhizome #1 Grade
Height: 34-38 inches Spread: n/a inches Flower Color: Purple/White Shades Foliage Color: Green shades Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Light Requirements: Full Sun Partial Shade Water Requirements: Average water needs Resistant: Deer Resistant Rabbit Resistant Growth Rate: Medium Bloom Time: Mid Spring - Early Summer (RE-BLOOMER) Soil Requirements: Average Soil
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TIPS & MAINTENANCE
Bearded Iris's are a low-maintenance perennial prized for their flowers. They grow on tall, sword-shaped leaves. Iris roots are called rhizomes and sit just below the soil surface. When planting Bearded iris's they should be high enough that the top of the rhizome is slightly above ground level. Be sure not to bury the entire rhizome as your iris will not grow.
Planting Your Bearded Iris
Bearded Iris are tough plants and easy to grow. Plant them shallowly, keep them relatively dry, and they’ll thrive! Plant your iris’s in full sun which is best (they can take some shade or partial shade). The area should be dry and have good drainage. The iris should be able to dry out quickly after a rain storm. Any soil will do as long as it is not soggy. Bearded Iris rhizomes hate to be wet! Spacing should be 18-24” apart.
Dig a hole & plant your rhizome with the growth facing up and spread out the roots in the soil. The top of the rhizome should not be buried but showing. Press dirt firmly over the roots to hold iris in place keeping the rhizome exposed. If you have several plants, plant them all facing the same way. This prevents over-crowding too soon and is esthetically more pleasing.
Note: The rhizomes you have received are very healthy. Do not worry if the top growth is small, dried or is turning brown. This is normal!