Iris Thrives in Mojave Gardens

Purple Iris Under Nectarine Tree

Mom’s Purple Iris

Vivian's Burgandy Iris

Vivian’s Burgandy Iris

Two toned Iris in Bloom

Saraphina’s Two Toned Iris

None of the iris that I purchased bloomed so far this year.  The iris that were given to me, on the other hand, have been spectacular.  When I compare iris that thrived to iris that either died or failed to bloom, I found two consistent factors present in successful iris: compost and light to moderate irrigation.  Shade and protection from wind appeared to help as well.


About Caliche Chick

I retired from a career as an Environmental Scientist and Botanist. My first career was teaching science and English as a Second Language (ESL), and content classes for ESL students at the middle school level. I also taught introductory biology at the community college level. I have an avid interest in plants that grow with little to no irrigation. I also keep a vegetable garden, fruit trees, and back yard chickens. When I am not in my yard, I am taking Construction Technology Classes at Victor Valley College and working on my "fixer upper" home.
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