Iris 'Best Bet'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, moderately fertile, neutral to acidic soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May and June
- Flower colour: pale blue and deeper mauve
- Other features: all parts of the plant may cause severe discomfort if ingested
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Pale sky blue standards, form a beautiful contrast with the purple-blue falls of this lightly scented, tall bearded iris. Magnificent when planted in drifts through a sunny border, or incorporated into a gravel garden, these plants are invaluable for adding vertical interest to the planting scheme. Like all irises, it is worth preparing the soil before planting by adding plenty of well rotted manure or good garden compost to provide nitrogen and other nutrients.
- Garden Care: Plant shallowly with the upper part of the rhizome sitting on the surface of the soil, incorporating a low nitrogen fertiliser in the planting hole. After planting remove the upper-most third of the leaves to protect against wind-rock. In exposed areas stake with bamboo canes in early spring. Remove the stems after flowering from the base as this will concentrate the plant's energy into producing new rhizomes. Divide and replant about every three years.
- Harmful if eaten
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Q:My iris was planted last year and flowered but this year there are leaves but no flowers. Can I expect it to flower again?Asked on 5/15/2014 by Newtogardening from Chiswick
Bearded irises really do need a sunny position, in a well drained soil to flower.
It is still quite early for them to be flowering but given the right conditions it should flower again. I would apply a well rotted mulch in the spring, but keeping it away from the rhizome that is sitting on the surface of the soil. Hope this helps.Answered on 5/15/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Iris Cliffs of Dover
Hi Crocus Advice please. All the Iris 'Cliffs of Dover ' appear to have died back to ground level is this normal for Irises and will they reappear next season? Thanks ChrisAsked on 8/29/2009 by Chris Greenshields
A:Hello Chris These plants do die back at this time of the year so I would not be concerned and then put on lots of new growth in spring. Best regards, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/1/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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