information: The Iris family is quite large containing hundreds
of varieties generally grown outdoors. Iris danfordiae is a dwarf
Iris forced as an indoor Bulb. Potted Iris are available at your local
Center or Floral Shop from January thru March.
When shopping for Iris look for plants with dark green
foliage. Avoid plants with yellowed or white stems, indicating the
plants have been neglected or stored in the dark for to long. Each container
should have 6 to 8 plants. Look for plants with tight buds or only
couple of open flowers. The tighter the flowers
are, the longer you'll be able to enjoy your Iris.
Once you get your new Iris home... place it in bright indirect
light away from heat sources, such as TV's or heat ducts. Heat
will speed up the natural flowering process shortening the life
span of your plant. Iris are usually potted in a sandy soil which
provides excellent drainage for your plant. Be sure to set your
plant in a saucer or drip tray to catch the water that is sure to
run out. Water your plant every couple of days. Fertilizing is not
necessary. Once your Iris has finished flowering recycle it in the
compost bin and replace it
with a new flowering plant.
Forced bulbs will not re-flower if