Question From: J. Heiter - IOWA
Q: Nancy, We moved into our home in February of 2019 and we have Japanese irises. we have been doing landscaping and I split them and planted some in a different garden but gets just as much sun. They read you were supposed to put them in water before planting but I didn't do that. The bulbs were so hard to cut that in the splitting process the grass and irises bent over. I've been watering them almost daily and they haven't perked up. They are green still though! Should I cut them? Trim them back? Thanks for the help!!
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Once bent over they will not stand up. You may be overwatering them. Dividing and transplanting should be done in spring or fall when the leaves have yellowed and begun to die back. The plant needs those leaves to make food to feed them. You'll just have to live with the bad hair day. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy