Words of Wisdom not practiced: Don’t drive under a low hanging fully ripe wild cherry tree with a tall roll bar on your tractor. You come out the other side polka dotty.
I had a couple of off days, so I decided to divide and transplant some Exotic Isle and Blueberry Bliss iris to
my U. of North AL and red, white and blue section. July through September is the time for dividing and transplanting iris.
Before getting started, I had breakfast and read the morning paper on the back porch. The hummingbirds were very active at the feeders, buzzing and chasing each other. You wonder how the feeder gets empty with all the fighting. With all the hummers, I thought it would be a good time to try and get some pictures, so I put on the telephoto lens and headed outside. All of them disappeared. I stood there waiting and waiting for over ten minutes and didn’t have a single one to show up. Patches was sitting nearby, so I turned the camera toward her. She hates to get her picture taken and turned her back on me and refused to turn around and look at me. Her last picture taken at the vets office looks like she was on death row at the shelter. They brought her back into the exam room thinking she might perk up when she saw me.
Iris needs to be divided every 3 to 4 years to keep the blooms coming and to prevent overcrowding which can result in rhizome rot or other diseases. After digging, the older part of the rhizome as indicated in the pictures should be discarded and the side rhizomes planted 12 inches apart. An alternate method is just cut out and discard the old rhizome and leaves the newer side shoots in the ground.
If digging, replant the rhizomes barely in the ground on a raised area. Planting in a depression which stays wet may induce rot or borers or diseases. I leave the top part exposed as shown in the picture. Water after planting until established, but don’t over do it. Fertilize with bone meal or 6-10-10 or super phosphate.