We will only be accepting orders for mixed bags of unnamed irises in the 2020 season while we take the year to redo our iris gardens.
Top-quality bare-root rhizomes are shipped shortly after digging. We guarantee plants to be healthy at the time of shipping. Your rhizomes will arrive trimmed and ready to plant. If, upon receipt of your order, you are not satisfied, please let us know as soon as possible and we will do our best to correct the problem. We can not be responsible for your growing conditions or extremes in weather, however, if you should lose a cultivar just let us know on your next year's order and we will try to include it as a gift iris.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do you ship the irises? We ship all of our irises in late July (by request), mid-August (most orders) and early September (by request). You will be sent an email when your order has been received and another one when your iris order has been shipped. Please call us if you have not received your iris by the second week of September or if you received an email saying that your order has been shipped but did not receive the order after waiting a week.
Can I get my order at a different time than when you usually ship them? We cannot ship iris earlier than late July because the plants are not finished growing. Most orders are shipped in late August. If you need your iris shipped “as early as possible” due to a short growing season, please put that in the “comments” box and we will try to ship your order within the first day or two of our shipping period.
Do you have a minimum order? No, we do not have a minimum order however, the shipping is more (per plant) when you order just one compared to when you order more.
How are your shipping charges calculated? Since we are shipping live plants, we only ship irises using priority mail so that they get to you quickly and in excellent condition. Currently, shipping is $4.00 per order plus .50 per rhizome for orders within CA. Shipping is 5.50 per order plus .50 per rhizome for these western states: AZ,CA,CO,ID,MT,NV,NM,OR,UT,WA,WY. Shipping is $6.50 per order plus .50 per rhizome for these states: AK,ND, SD,NB,KS,OK,TX,LA,AR,MO,IA,IN,MN,WI,IL,MS,AL,TN,KY,OH,MI. All other states are $7.50 per order, plus .50 per rhizome. We try to keep our shipping costs as low as possible but the postal prices seem to keep going up. We don’t have a minimum order.
How are the iris shipped and how many do you get per item ordered? Each iris is shipped as a bare root plant with a 6-8" fan leaf. You get one rhizome or "bulb" per item ordered. The rhizomes multiply quickly for example, for each rhizome that you plant in August you should have 2 to 4 new babies growing and one stalk of flowers. The following spring those "babies" will be the ones that bloom and each of those will probably have 2 to 4 babies of their own.
How difficult are irises to grow? Iris are super easy to grow and you will be sent planting instructions with your order. They just need 5 to 6 hours of sun (or they won't bloom) and good drainage so the roots don't get soggy.
When is the best time to plant Irises? August and Sept. are the best times for planting because the new "baby" rhizomes are finished growing and the plant is semi-dormant at that time.
When should I separate and transplant my irises? You should transplant your iris in August or September because the new growth will be fully developed by then. Also, the plant becomes semi-dormant in August. When you break the rhizomes apart you should be sure to either let the broken off part (the wound) air dry for a day or you should sprinkle Ajax (or similar) powder on the wound before planting. This prevents the soil from infecting the rhizome and rotting it. (see the planting instructions page).
How should I store the irises if I can’t plant them right away? Remove the irises from the box. Put them into a paper bag and store them in a cool, dry place until you are ready to plant them. Don’t worry if the roots and foliage are dry, they will still grow just fine.
If I send you a picture, can you tell me the name of the iris in my garden? There are hundreds of thousands of varieties of iris and many look very similar. Because of this, there is no way for me to identify most irises by looking at a picture. If you received the iris from our farm, we can usually look up your past order to determine what it is.
What is a Rebloomer? A rebloomer is an iris that has the genetic potential to bloom more than once a year. Rebloomers do not always rebloom and they do not rebloom in all areas. Usually, rebloomers do not rebloom well in areas that have extreme winter conditions.
What should I do with the plants when I receive them? It is best to plant the iris as soon as you get them in late July. This way the roots will get established before winter. Plant them with the top of the rhizome level with the surface of the soil, be sure not to plant them too deep. Also, make sure they are in well drained soil. In areas with very cold winters,you should cover your newly planted Iris (before the first freeze) with hay, straw, pine needles or leaves to protect them over the winter. Remove the cover as early as possible in the spring so the sun can warm the rhizome and prevent rot. Some people in cold climates cover their iris every year and some do it only when they are first planted. Iris are very hardy plants so they should be fine either way.
Here are some other Iris links you might like to visit:Monterey Bay Iris Society
Sydney B. Mitchell Iris Society
American Iris Society