How to Plant an Iris Bulb


Irises are decorative perennial flowers that add a beautiful accent to any garden or windowsill. Ridiculously easy to grow, irises are a great flower for beginning gardeners to use to cultivate their green thumb.

Step 1

Find a good spot to plant. Irises need full sunlight and soil with adequate drainage. If, after a vigorous rain, water puddles in the area you have in mind, this means that the soil drainage is poor. Before planting your iris bulbs there, add peat moss to the soil so that you create mounds that are 2 to 3 inches above ground level.

Step 2

Plant your iris bulbs. This should be done in spring. Plant the bulb 4 inches deep with the pointed bulb-end facing upwards. All neighboring plants should be at least 3 inches away.

Step 3

Water the ground until it is soaked. As the plant sprouts, water it as needed.

Step 4

Wait for the irises to bloom.

Things You'll Need

  • Iris bulbs
  • Peat moss


  • Dutch Iris Growing Information
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Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.