Siberian Iris - Transplanting

Fall is the time to divide and transplant Siberian iris.  Learn how to do it in this report.

So often the time to plant something in your garden is not when it's blooming. In the spring we see beautiful daffodils and tulips but in order to grow them we have to prepare far in advance. Of course fall is when many of our spring and summer favorites should be planted or transplanted. The Siberian iris is a good example.

I suppose the simple elegant flowers attract me to this type of iris. They almost look like butterflies. I must admit that I'm also drawn to this plant's foliage even though it doesn't look like much this late in the season. Earlier on it provided a strong vertical accent with good texture in the garden even after the flowers faded.

Siberians are good companion plants for many other perennials and flowering shrubs like old fashioned roses.

With that said now it is time for me to lift and separate this large clump that a friend gave me several years ago.

To do this I simply establish the parameter of the clump and work a digging fork around it. Next I left the clump from the hole and shake off any loose soil. Then I separate the crowns by cutting them with a sharp knife.

By dividing them this way this large clump will produce over 30 new plants like this and I'll plant them in parts of my garden where they will get at least 4 hours of sunlight each day.

If you would like to try some of these perennial butterflies or Siberian iris just remember the late summer and early fall is the best time to plant and transplant them.