Problem of keeping plants out of ground while reworking bed

Asked August 27, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

I have a huge flower bed that needs to be dug up and divided and rearranged. It will probably take me weeks to get it done. What's the best thing to do with bearded irises and daylilies while they wait to be put back into the ground?
I plan to start all this in mid-September. Is that the right time?

Van Zandt County Texas bulbs irises daylilies

1 Response

My suggestion for you is this:

if the true bulbs are dormant (no roots, shoots, etc) then yes, a dark, cool dry spot. The iris might be best "healed in" to a temporary bed in another spot, covered and kept moist. Cut back foliage by about 1/3 to 1/2. They could be kept dry, but keeping them the other way will minimize / reduce transplant shock and hasten reestablishment.

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