Iris 'Magical Encounter'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, moderately fertile, neutral to acidic soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May and June
- Flower colour: pale pink with an apricot flush
- Other features: all parts of the plant may cause severe discomfort if ingested
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Apricot-pink flowers with salmon-pink beards appear on the tall branching stems from late spring. A soft and unusual tone, the flowers will mix easily with a range of colours including browns, maroons, and nearly all the pastel shades. When not in flower the fans of sword-shaped foliage will offer vertical movement and structure to the border right up until mid- to late-autumn. 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:Hello. My iris 'Magical Encounter' appears to be sitting quite loosely on the top of the soil. I bought it last May - will it grow again?Asked on 23/2/2014 by CMGR from Grimsby
Irises are meant to be planted shallowly with the upper part of the rhizome showing and sitting on the surface of the soil. If it is loose and the soil has been washed away exposing the roots you can cover these over with some soil, but leave the top part of the rhizome exposed so it doesn't rot. As long as the rhizome hasn't rotted or been damaged it should flower again this year.Answered on 25/2/2014 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 29/8/2009 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 1/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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