Strangely enough, Dutch Iris flowers have never grown wild in Holland! Rather, the dutch iris varieties are a result of clever hybridization by Dutch growers. Popular flowers with florists, dutch iris grow in a pretty array of colors, some with exotic markings, and the flowers are well known for their long vase life.
Planting dutch iris bulbs:
- In the Fall, choose a spot that gets quite a lot of light and has good soil drainage.
- Planting dutch iris bulbs is fairly simple. You'll notice when you receive your bulbs that they look like mini onions and it will be easy to see that the spike should point upwards when planting.
- Usually the rule of thumb when planting bulbs is that bulbs need at least 2 times their height of soil above them. Dig a 2 to 3 inch deep hole, drop the bulb into it (remember, spike points up!) and cover with soil.
- Regarding spacing between bulbs, if planting in beds, leave approx 4 inches between each bulb. If you are planting in containers, you can cluster them a little closer together.
- After planting, water well so that the soil above the bulbs settles.
- Dutch Iris bulbs will flower in the late Spring. After the flowers die down, the plant can enjoy a warm rest period. You don't have to water too much during this rest period. Leaves will also die back and start to yellow. At this point, you can choose to tidy up the plant and remove the old leaves.