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Reticulate Iris Sunshine in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Iris 'Sunshine' syn. Iris reticulata 'Sunshine'

 

Reticulate Iris 'Sunshine'

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.

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plant Features
  • Reticulate Iris Sunshine likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Reticulate Iris Sunshine likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

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

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Reticulate Iris Sunshine likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Reticulate Iris 'Sunshine'

Latin name

Iris 'Sunshine' syn. Iris reticulata 'Sunshine'

type

Bulb

family

Iridaceae

ph

6.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Reticulate Iris Sunshine likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

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

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Reticulate Iris Sunshine likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Reticulate Iris Sunshine 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 Sunshine is 0.30meters x 0.40meters 0.30 M 0.40 M

Iris 'Sunshine' syn. Iris reticulata 'Sunshine'

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.


Planting in late Summer

From Mid Summer TO Late Summer

Ideally the Iris plant would need to be planted in a sunny spot so that it can receive at least six hours of sun a day as well as being planted in well drained but moist soil. They do well near water but should be at least 6 inches above water level. Avoid hoeing around the base of the plants as the roots are near the surface and easily damaged. Plenty of mulch can help avoid weed growth around them, although rhizomatous varieties should not be mulched, as this could rot the rhizomes.

 

Flowering Season

From Mid Spring TO Late Autumn

As the genus is complex, the flowering characteristics vary greatly however, as a generalisation, Iris blooms start to appear during spring and depending on variety, may be evident throughout the summer and into autumn.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 
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