Iris 'Bold Pretender' - Louisiana Iris | Perennial Bareroot Plant
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Iris 'Bold Pretender' - Louisiana Iris | Perennial Bareroot Plant

Iris ‘Bold Pretender’ has bright red and pink petals with a yellow-orange signal.

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Iris ‘Bold Pretender’ has bright red and pink petals with a yellow-orange signal. The flowers display an open petal formation and look stunning when planted en masse.  Flowering time is June-July to a height of around 70cms.   Despite having the common name of Louisiana water iris, these irises do not have to be grown in a pond or near water to thrive. They grow wild in Louisiana in the USA anywhere that has moisture retentive soil so are ideal when planted in a rich, moist soil in partial shade and partial sun.  After the flowers fade, cut off the stalks but allow the foliage to die back naturally.

For more information on bare roots please click here.

Please note the second picture is a 'general' bare root picture and all varieties will look different when they arrive. You will receive full planting instructions with delivery. 

Product Code:  IRIBOL-050318
Supplied as:  1 Bare Root
Trailing or Upright?  Upright
Height:  70cm (28in)
Position:  Sun or Partial Shade
Flower Colour:  Bright Red and Pink
Plant Type:  Perennial
Flowering Period:  June - July

Iris Specific Advice 

Plant the rhizomes so that you can see the tops just above the soil, with their roots beneath the soil. Iris thrive with good air circulation and sunshine, so a generally sunny site is ideal giving them plenty of room to spread. With good drainage and occasional dividing, every 3/4 years to prevent over-crowding, your irises can thrive for years.

General advie

Bare root perennials will benefit from a soak in a bucket of cold water for an hour before planting, to ensure that the roots are fully hydrated.

Dig a large enough hole to plant the whole root, without damaging it, and incorporate fresh compost with the soil to aid drainage.

Plant not too deeply but making sure the roots are covered with compost/soil mixture.  The crowns (the tops of the plants) should be 2/3cms below soil level.  If you can see a tiny amount of shoot or greenery make sure this is just above ground level.  Firm gently in ensuring there are no air pockets under or around the roots and water the area well.  This should be all the moisture they need until you can see the plants are actively growing.

Place a cane or label in the ground next to your bare root perennial just before you cover the roots over so that you know where and what you have planted.

*Do not plant bare perennials if the ground is waterlogged or frozen. If you need to plant when a very cold spell of weather is forecast, cover the area with cardboard or plastic sheeting to keep the worst of the cold out.

Alternatively, a very successful way to start off your bare root perennials is to plant up each bare root plant into a pot using fresh compost. Ensure that the pot is large enough for the roots to spread evenly in the pot. Plant not too deeply but making sure the roots are covered with compost. The crowns (the tops of the plants) should be 2/3cms below soil level. Water in well and place a label into each pot. Leave until early/mid-spring or once the weather is more clement, when they can be planted in their final flowering positions in the garden border.

The plants can be cut back in late autumn once they have flowered or you can keep the seedheads on as they look very pretty. 

Brookside Nursery Top Tip - Remember to water your bare root plants from spring throughout their first growing season to help establish healthy strong plants.

 

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For all orders under £40 in value we make a one off P&P charge of £3.95 per order.

Our bare root perennials are available for dispatch during week commencing 5th March 2018 and  12th March 2018. If you have also ordered plants for dispatch during week commencing 12th March, we will dispatch your bare roots with your plants during that week. If you have ordered bareroot plants only, we will dispatch your order via Royal Mail 48 or Parcelforce 48 during your selected dispatch week.

For more advice and information about bare root plants, please click on the advice tab above.

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