How to Grow Large LA. Iris Rhizomes

In Louisiana Iris by Christine Moore

Louisiana Iris Sweet As Candy

About Louisiana Irises: What are They?

Louisiana water Irises are easy-to-grow aquatic plants grown from rhizomes. These resilient plants may be cultivated in pond-immersed containers or in your flower garden. From harsh, frigid frosty winters to warm, tropical locations. Louisianas thrive in a broad variety of climates in Australia.

Louisiana Iris After Purchase to Planting Time Care

Rhizomes should be submerged in shallow water until planting time. The vegetation ought to be above water. For about a month, the irises can stay in this state.

Are Louisiana Irises Semi Evergreen or Evergreen?

Louisiana Irises are evergreen in mild Australian winters. In frosty cold, icy climates, Louisiana Irises remain short and semi-evergreen all winter.

What do Louisiana Irises Look Like?

Louisiana Iris has upright long sword ready leaf blades and long sturdy flowering stems with showy flowers. The flowers can be pendant shape or recurved others have short erect standards.
Irises were first distributed all over the world by an Australian breeder who specialised in Louisiana irises.

Australian Breeder Distributed Louisiana Iris Worldwide

Breeder Peter Jackson’s modern varieties are notable for their big blossoms with thick textured petals, magnificent ruffles, petals horizontally flaring, laced blooms with elegant steeple signals. Let’s bring on a new generation of breeders!

How Deep to Plant Louisiana Irises and Why?

Plant rhizomes of Louisiana Iris 5cm below the surface of the soil to avoid sunscald. If the hot summer sun strikes bare rhizomes planted above the soil, this can cause the rhizomes to become mushy and eventually rot away.

Can Louisiana Irises Grow in Garden Beds?

Louisiana Iris may also be planted in standard garden beds however, they must not be allowed to dry out. They must be consistently saturated with a great deal of water. They must also be mulched to retain moisture during summer and winter.

What Happens If My Louisiana Irises Dry Out?

If a shortage of water causes your Louisiana plants to go dormant in the summer, the plant will be weakened and flowering will be affected.

When is the Best Time to Lift and Divide Louisiana Iris?

Late summer and autumn is the optimum period to lift and divide Louisianas. Depending on the size of the pot you may have to do this every year, large pots not so often.

When is the Best Time to Buy Louisiana Iris in Australia?

After November’s flowering, we wait until MARCH when new offsets are mature. After this, rhizomes may be safely dug up and replanted at any time of the year. Although it’s not a good idea before flowering time, since this might hinder full bloom.

When are Louisiana Iris Dormant and Semi Dormant?

Spring and autumn are the vigorous growth seasons for Louisiana Iris and become semi-dormant in the summer months. If not watered they can become dormant. If left to dry out for too long during summer chances are the plants will die.

Important Factors – LA. Irises Grow and Care

Prepare an acidic humus-enriched soil with a pH of 6.5 or less
Louisiana Irises should be planted a metre apart.
Maintain the soil acidic at all times.
Use a slow-release fertiliser particularly prepared to nourish acid-loving plants low in nitrogen.
Gently fertilise the plants twice a year, once in early spring and once early autumn.
Each year top dress with more well rotted manure.
Remember to always keep the plants well watered.

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