Siberian blue iris sibirica blue-purple - Marsh plant, waterside plant

Iris sibirica

Siberian blue iris sibirica blue-purple - Marsh plant, waterside plant

Iris sibirica
Easy & colourful
Want a colourful plant that is easy to combine with other garden and aquatic plants? That's the Siberian iris (Iris sibirica). The blue and purple flowers with grass-like leaves are attractive in the garden. The iris can grow to 1 metre tall! The aquatic plant is a waterside and marsh plant. We can plant the plant along the edge (bank) of our pond. Or we can plant the iris up to 40 cm deep in the pond. We can plant this perennial all year round, The flowers bloom in the summer.
We prune the plant slightly to shape it with a pruning shear. We remove old leaves and dirt. To encourage good growth, we add minerals to the pond water and ensure that the water's hardness level (pH value and calcium to magnesium ratio) is maintained. Put the iris in the sun or partial shade.
Striking colours in the garden!
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Specifications:
Latin name: Iris sibirica
Delivery type: Delivered as plant in nursery pot
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Purple
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow
Green stayer: No
Leafs all year: No
Hardy plants: Yes
Self polinating: No
Edible: No
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Flowering: June - July
Growing Height: 70 - 80 cm
Planting depth: 40 cm
Planting+

This Japanese iris (Iris laevigata) 'Snowdrift' is a fast-growing aquatic plant that is best grown in a pond basket.

Line the basket with sacking and use special pond potting compost. Plant Iris in the basket, fill with the soil and add a pond fertiliser ball. Cover everything with the remaining sacking and a layer of gravel. Place the basket just below the surface or up to a max. 30 cm deep in the pond.

If your pond is too deep, stand a basket on a pile of bricks. This plant can also grow in a large tub filled with water too - full sun is best.

In the border
The iris is a plant suitable for many situations whether in the pond or in humus rich soil that remains marshy most of the year - it can even go in your border. They do not like to dry out at any time of the year.

Japanese Iris 'Snowdrift' is excellent combined with other plants

For a natural looking effect, the Japanese Iris (Iris laevigata) 'Snowdrift' can be easily combined with Lesser Bulrush (Typha Angustifolia) and flowering rush (Butomus Umbellatus), which are both endemic to our climes. You could also place the iris in a large, watertight container with swampy soil.

Care+

The Japanese Iris 'Snowdrift) is a very strong aquatic plant that requires minimal maintenance. Cut off dead leaves in autumn and remove it from the pond. Annually in the spring you can add pond fertiliser to the pond basket. You should remove the iris from the pond by May if the clump is too large. Divide the clump into smaller pieces and replant only a small piece back into the pond.

Iris is not frost resistant

This iris will not tolerate frost so do protect its root ball from severe frost by placing the basket deeper into the pond during the winter (so, under any ice). You could also keep it in its basket (in a tub of water) in a frost-free area.

Iris are prone to freeze when in pots too so it would be best to bring indoors to a frost-free area.

Extra+

The iris has its own family - the Iridaceae.

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