and colorful flowers, irises have been favorite gardening ornaments in various countries. According to experts, not less than 200 species of this plant exist and are scattered across the globe. No wonder why the plant has a complete line of flower colors. There are two general classifications of irises, those that grow with rhizome type of roots and those that grows in bulbs. For those who are not familiar with it, the rhizome type of roots can be described similar to a ginger, while the bulb types are exactly the same as onions.
Where To Buy Iris Bulbs
To make your search for these flowering plants much easier, it is a must that you know where there variants thrive. Most irises grow on the northern hemisphere; meaning, in countries lying above the equatorial region where climate is colder. The rhizome types of irises thrive in the colder regions while the bulb types can thrive in both cold and dry or warmer temperatures.
- Local Garden Shops
Before going elsewhere, it is recommended to visit some of the local garden shops you have in your town or area. There will surely be iris bulbs for sale in one, two, or more varieties. If you can’t find that specific variety or type which you are looking for, that’s the time you move on to other places.
- Private And Public Nurseries Or Gardens
In almost all localities, there are also private and public nurseries which are growing and breeding iris bulbs. And if you are lucky enough, there are even those that specialize on breeding the rare or imported types of the plant. If you happen to see the irises you desire in a private garden, it won’t hurt if you could ask the property owner and buy some bulbs which you can transplant.
- From The Internet
Perhaps, your last resort in finding rare types of irises is the internet. You can search for sellers who operate on your country or if there’s none, you may already buy from international suppliers.
Types Or Variants Of Iris Bulbs
Most gardeners prefer the following variants of bulbous irises because of their beauty and unique flower features.
- Dutch Iris Bulbs
The Dutch variety is considered one of the best and most beautiful types of irises. Its flowers particularly that of the Sapphire Beauty irises, are commonly used as one of the accents of bouquets and several other flower arrangements. The flowers are characterized by longer stems, elegant purple petals in a rosy tone, and that unique touch of yellow or white flames in the falls.
- Bearded Iris Bulbs
Although much of the bearded types grow on rhizomes, there are also bearded irises that are hybrids of rhizome and bulbs. And as their name suggests, the flowers have hair-like strands or fibers on their throat. Unlike the Dutch which produces limited number of colors, the bearded ones can produce multiple color variants.
- English and Spanish Iris Bulbs
The English and Spanish variants of the bulbs are somewhat related to the Dutch. They all have the same sources and were only brought to England and Spain by Dutch missionaries. As they have adapted to these new regions, the resulting foliage and flowers also slightly changed. Flowers range from blue, purple, and at times white.
Planting The Bulb
Replanting iris bulbs is quite simple by dividing the emerging root bulbs from the main one. But for the plant to thrive, grow, and produce beautiful flowers, here are a few things that you should remember.
- The plant likes to be exposed under the sun.
- Its root bulbs don’t like too much water or moisture.
- It’s also essential to maintain the soil’s neutral pH level.
- It’s best to plant after summer.
- And ensure proper plant spacing.
And if you haven’t planted your garden with colorful irises, now is the time to do so.