Tall bearded iris af­ter­care

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Feed with a gen­eral fer­tiliser in spring, and again af­ter flow­er­ing.

Cut away flow­er­ing stems when the last flow­ers are done.

Do not mulch, as the rhi­zomes need to have con­tin­ual ex­po­sure to sun­light.

Keep clumps weed-free.

Di­vide and re­plant ev­ery three or four years, oth­er­wise flow­er­ing will de­cline.

Lift the plant when flow­er­ing fin­ishes, pull the rhi­zomes apart, dis­card any thin and dam­aged pieces, and choose fat, healthy ones – usu­ally with a ‘flag’ of leaves at one end – for re­plant­ing.

Cut back stems af­ter flow­er­ing

Di­vide and re­plant ev­ery few years

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