How to plant mini irises

How to plant mini-irises

Plant up pots of delightful scented miniature iris bulbs in autumn, to flower early in spring.

Miniature irises are perfect for growing in pots and make attractive table-top features. There are several cultivars of Iris reticulata, danfordiae or histroides to choose from. When they flower, keep them outside but place them somewhere you can appreciate their lovely form and delicate scent.

After flowering, give the bulbs a potash feed before they die back to strengthen them for next year.

Miniature irises are perfect for growing in pots and make attractive table-top features. There are several cultivars of Iris reticulata, danfordiae or histroides to choose from. When they flower, keep them outside but place them somewhere you can appreciate their lovely form and delicate scent.

After flowering, give the bulbs a potash feed before they die back to strengthen them for next year.

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You Will Need

  • Loam-based compost
  • Horticultural grit
  • Large, shallow container

Step 1

Add horticultural grit to loam-based compost, then part-fill a shallow alpine pan or pot. Arrange the bulbs pointed end up.

How to plant mini irises - planting the bulbs
How to plant mini irises – planting the bulbs

Step 2

Carefully fill with more compost, covering the bulbs without knocking them over. Firm lightly, then dress the top with a layer of horticultural grit.

How to plant mini irises - topping with horticultural grit
How to plant mini irises – topping with horticultural grit

Step 3

Write a label with the plant’s name and place it in the side of the pot. Water thoroughly, then place in a
cold frame or sheltered spot.

How to plant mini irises - watering the pot
How to plant mini irises – watering the pot
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Miniature irises are perfect for growing in pots and make attractive table-top features. There are several cultivars of Iris reticulata, danfordiae or histroides to choose from. When they flower, keep them outside but place them somewhere you can appreciate their lovely form and delicate scent.

After flowering, give the bulbs a potash feed before they die back to strengthen them for next year.

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