Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Home Horticulture:
Gardening & Landscaping in the Low Desert
Welcome to Sun Country Iris Society
Basic Iris Care
Since our summers have high temperatures and the winters are fairly mild, it is best to plant the rhizomes (root or tubers) in October when the thermometer stays below 100 degrees. You may prepare the soil before then (good drainage is important) and sunny location is nice. Set the rhizomes with their tops just beneath the soil surface, then water well. Root growth should occur during the winter so water sparingly. When new growth occurs water regularly until about six weeks after the flowers fade. Increases and buds for the following year are formed during this period. During the summer, established plantings can get by on less frequent watering. If the clumps become crowded (after 3 or 4 years) it is time to dig and divide, otherwise the number of stems and the quality of the flowers will decrease. Fertilizing should begin in February and continue every two weeks until after the bloom. A heavier dose can be given after the bloom in spring, when planting in the fall.
Why Join the Sun Country Iris Society?
Meet friendly people who are interested in gardening.
Participate in monthly meetings with interesting subjects discussed by experts in their fields.
Win door prizes, refreshments, garden education, a chance to brag, fun!
Get involved in projects and activities throughout the Valley.
Attend the Annual Rhizome Sale - a chance to buy quality rhizomes before they are offered to the public (and at a discount)
Come to the annual show and competition with a chance to win on single entries or arrangements.
Two pot-lucks - one at Christmas and the annual awards banquet.
Read the monthly newsletter - gardening reminders, planting tips, speaker topics, general information.
Credit Union membership is available.
First Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
Valley Garden Center
1809 North 15th Avenue (1 block north of McDowell)
Single = $10.00
Family = $15.00
Youth $5.00 (18 yers or younger with no other family members)