Iris Reticulata - Plant Now to Enjoy this Harbinger of Spring

Iris reticulata is one of my favorites because it's one of the first bulbs to bloom in the spring. It is ephemeral, so it is ideal for a bed where you plant annuals or a perennial garden emerging later in the spring to hide the fading foliage and fill the space.


It is a perennial bulb that spreads by offsets. To rejuvenate the bed, dig up the bulbs every 3-5 years, break up the offsets and re-plant them about 3” deep and 3” apart, amending the soil with compost and/or grit to promote good drainage. I have not had a problem with squirrels digging out the bulbs. Good companions are Crocus, Snow Drops and  Siberian Squill.

Posted on October 13, 2014 .