Heritage Siberian Iris - Iris sibirica - Purple
Siberian Irises (Iris sibirica) are a herbaceous perennials that has a long display season, easy to grow and low maintenance. The flowers of Siberian Irises are supported on strong, thin stems which give the illusion of the blooms almost floating above the foliage. They are suitable for borders, cottage gardens, meadow gardens and along edges of ponds, but not for growing in water. Grow the plants in full sun, in rich well drained but not too acidic soil. Keep plants moist during their first year of growing, after this they are drought tolerant. Siberian Irises require a cold winter with frosts to flower well. The flowers are prolific in late spring and a great addition to floral arrangements. This Heritage Siberian Iris grows to 1m in height.
Siberian irises are a clump-forming perennial iris flowering in spring. They prefer well drained soil more on the acidic side and a sunny position.
How to Harvest Iris Flowers
Harvest your flowers early in the day. Choose buds that are just beginning to open rather than flowers that are fully open. These buds will open within a few hours with the rest of the buds on the stem opening over the next couple of days. Place your flowers in a bucket of tepid water until you are ready to create your arrangement. When you are ready to arrange the iris flowers, re-cut the stems about 2cm above the original cut at an angle under water. Remove spent flowers immediately. Take care as some irises colours will bled and can stain. Check the water level of your vase often and top up as required. Replace water and recut stems every second or third day. Place your vase in an area that is cool and away from direct sunlight and drafts.