Potted bulbs aren't frost hardy, so bring the pot indoors or protect the plant with bubble wrap. The iris likes to be in a bright spot. Water once a week. Give it extra water during dry periods. The flower bulbs come in a nursery pot.
|Latin name:||Iris reticulata 'Katharine Hodgkin'|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as container plant|
|Guarantee:||1 year growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||February - March|
|Growing Height:||15 cm|
|Planting distance:||5 - 10 cm|
|Planting depth:||5 - 6 cm|
As soon as possible after receiving the Iris reticulata bulbs they can be planted in the garden, a flower pot or in a planter. Plant the bulbs in a hole that is three times as deep as the height of the bulb - a bulb of 2 cm should be planted in a 6 cm deep hole. The planting distance for Iris reticulata should be about 10 cm. Thoroughly loosen the soil and plant the bulbs point upwards. Refill the planting hole and avoid walking over the soil. Plant the Iris reticulata bulbs in large groups for best effect. Irises grow best in fertile, well-drained soil in a sunny or partly shaded position. These irises are particularly suitable for the rock garden.
Iris reticulata in pots
This dwarf Iris is a good variety for growing in pots or window-boxes. Layer the bottom of the pot with hydro-pellets or gravel and make sure you use fresh potting compost. They can be planted closer together in pots. Potted bulbs are of course more susceptible to frost. For extra insulation during the winter months, try lining the inside of the pot with bubble wrap before filling with potting compost (but don't forget the hole in the bottom).
The Iris reticulata bulbs are ideal for naturalising, so they can remain in the same spot for years. Water during periods of drought but avoid making the soil too wet as they do not appreciate standing in water.
Deadhead the faded flowers and this will direct the energy back into the bulb. For a healthy growth, we recommend sprinkling Bakker's universal plant feed immediately after flowering. This will ensure a rich flowering for the following year. Protect them with a layer of leaf litter or straw if severe frost is predicted (> -20° C) - Use bubble wrap around pots and keep them out of the sun. Iris reticulata with good care will return with lots of flowers again next year.
Iris reticulata in the winter
Although Iris reticulata is relatively hardy (to -20° C), as with most bulbs it is advisable to protect them, by ensuring a well-drained soil, they should then get through the winter.
The scientific name comes from the Greek goddess 'Iris', who was the goddess of the rainbow, and messenger between the Olympian gods and the people. All the colours of the Iris are symbolic of the colours of the rainbow she travelled upon.