Noeline and Donald McLaren, New Zealand

Growing Iris after Daffodils

October 23, 2013

Categories: Diseases and Pests, General, Growing Daffodils, Non-Daffodil, Soil

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Does anyone have any advice about the suitability of growing iris (bearded) in the same ground after the daffodil bulbs are lifted please?

2 Responses to Growing Iris after Daffodils

  1. Beth Holbrooke, Missouri
    October 25, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Iris growing in old daff beds is pretty easy. The iris rizomes set mostly on the top of the surface here in St. Louis, although people in California seem to plant deeper to prevent cricket damage. We have ugly iris borers here that eat their way to the rizome, eat most of it and leave the plant to rot. You might not have them. Iris are very forgiving for me. They need fairly decent soil and prefer the sun. I plant three of a variety by digging a hole and putting all the roots at the center, leaving most of the iris at the surface with roots being covered by good soil and watered in. Iris don’t really like company or mulch here. I also stagger daylilies and daffodils so that the daffodils die back as the daylilies are sending up their greenery. Good luck. They have a short blooming time!

  2. Noeline and Donald McLaren, New Zealand
    Noeline and Donald McLaren, New Zealand
    October 25, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Hi Beth.  Thanks for your interesting reply.  Apart from specific iris pests, have you observed any type of daffodils pests being hosted over by the iris rhizomes at all?  I’m looking at building up a stock of bearded iris and if neither are bothered I want to follow them on immediately.  I’m also thinking of perhaps sowing wildflower meadow seeds into the paddock after the daffs.  Do you think it would be best to do this for a year then follow with iris, or iris straight away would be fine?