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Reticulate Iris Frank Elder in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Iris 'Frank Elder' syn. Iris reticulata 'Frank Elder'

 

Reticulate Iris 'Frank Elder'

Irises are prized for their spectacular, exotic blooms and the richness and diversity of their colour range. Iris enjoy a moist but not waterlogged soil and can thrive at the margins of a pond or stream. The long stems of these low maintenance perennials also make them ideal for cutting. Iris can fall into one of four main groups, Bearded, Beardless, Crested or Bulbous. 'Frank Elder' produces pale blue flowers, suffused greenish-yellow, with blue spotting and yellow crest

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plant Features
  • Reticulate Iris Frank Elder likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Reticulate Iris Frank Elder likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Reticulate Iris Frank Elder is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Reticulate Iris Frank Elder likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Reticulate Iris 'Frank Elder'

Latin name

Iris 'Frank Elder' syn. Iris reticulata 'Frank Elder'

type

Bulb

family

Iridaceae

ph

6.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Reticulate Iris Frank Elder likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Reticulate Iris Frank Elder is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Reticulate Iris Frank Elder likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Reticulate Iris Frank Elder likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Reticulate Iris Frank Elder is 0.30meters x 0.40meters 0.30 M 0.40 M

Iris 'Frank Elder' syn. Iris reticulata 'Frank Elder'

Irises are prized for their spectacular, exotic blooms and the richness and diversity of their colour range. Iris enjoy a moist but not waterlogged soil and can thrive at the margins of a pond or stream. The long stems of these low maintenance perennials also make them ideal for cutting. Iris can fall into one of four main groups, Bearded, Beardless, Crested or Bulbous. 'Frank Elder' produces pale blue flowers, suffused greenish-yellow, with blue spotting and yellow crest


Propagating by division

From Mid Autumn TO Late Autumn

Split the irises every year, immediately after flowering has ended. At this point the early summer leaves and flower stems have started to die back, and the late summer leaves have started to grow. Split individual plants with a light spade, leaving the part to be retained undisturbed in the soil. Remove about 30-50% of the total plant mass. The aim is to leave plants about the size that would fit under an A5 sheet of paper. After splitting, cut back the early-summer leaves on the remaining plants, and cut or break off the flower stems. Finally, top-dress the plants.

 

Planting bulbs

From Late Summer TO Early Autumn

The bulbs should be planted in late Summer or Autumn, and only about 2in deep. Great care must be taken when planting this iris not to damage the fleshy roots. Add coarse grit and bone meal before planting.

 

Planting Bulbs in Autumn

From Early Autumn TO Mid Autumn

Plant bulbs in Autumn, making sure the top of the bulb is a good 3-4" below the level of the soil. Plant in soil that drains well. If the soil is not free-draining, add grit and compost below the bulb, to aid drainage. Bulbs can be planted 4" to 5" apart to let the bulbs naturalise, or closer together in pots in groups of odd numbers (e.g. 3, 5, 7 etc.). However, bulbs planted more closer together will need to be divided sooner to allow bulbs the space to grow and maintain flowering size.

 

Flowering Season

From Late Winter TO Mid Spring

Reticulate Irises flower earlier than other types of iris, and most varieties will flower from late Winter to mid Spring

 

Propagating

From Late Summer TO Early Autumn

Reticulate irises can be propagated by lifting the bulbs in late Summer or early Autumn and dividing the bulbs, then replanting, either in pots or in the desired flowering position in the border or on the rockery.

 
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