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🌻 Plant Care Guide For African Iris

African Iris

🪴   Intermediate

Botanical Name: dietes bicolor

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African Iris

Botanical Name: dietes bicolor

Medium Water

Direct Sun


🪴   Intermediate

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📚 African Iris Care Guide

African Iris is a hardy, evergreen, clump-forming, graceful plant with long narrow, arching leaves. It bears beautiful, large, yellow flowers with black-brown markings from August to February. This strongest flower show on plants tucked into full sun. Flower best with regular water. Plant it in a boggy area of the landscape or anywhere near the outdoor faucet
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💧️ Water - Medium Water
Moderate Water Needs
African Iris requires a moderate amount of water. You will want to allow the top few inches of soil dry in between waterings. As a general rule of thumb, depending on where you have planted and how much light your African Iris receives, you may need to water once a week.

Growing Indoors
If you are growing indoors or in a container, you can always check the moisture of the soil by using your thum or finger. Stick it in the soil -- if it is dry, then you will likely want to water your African Iris.

Pot selection is also important to keep your African Iris from getting too wet. It is important to select a pot with plenty of drainage holes as this will allow excess water to train out of the pot rather than to just sit on the bottom. Drainage holes also allow air to get into the soil from the bottom of the pot. Using a terracotta pot or another type of pot made of a permeable material can also help keepAfrican Iris from getting too wet. Terracotta and other similar materials allow water to wick away from the soil faster than they would in a plastic pot.

Growing Outdoors
If you are growing African Iris outdoors, the amount of light your plant is receiving is key to determining how often to water your plant. Plants that require moderate water, generally do best if they can get some respite from the sun during the day as it can dry out the soil fairly quickly. If you have planted in a sunny area, you will likely need to water this plant more often than if it is planted in a shady area. The type of soil you plant in is also important. Sandy and loamy soils tend to dry out much quicker. You can always amend soil with organic material such as peat moss or compost to encourage moisture retention.

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☀️ Light - Direct Sun
Direct Sunlight (Full Sun)
African Iris thrives best in direct sunlight or full sun meaning that it loves at least 6-8 hours of bright direct light.

If growing outdoors, you will want to plant African Iris in an area that receives sunlight throughout the day. If growing indoors, place near a South-facing window for ideal conditions. South-facing windows receive the most amount of direct light everyday.
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🐶️ Pet Toxicity - Toxic
Toxic To Pets

African Iris is toxic to your pet friends. Becareful and keep out of reach of dogs, cats, and other pets.
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🌎 Hardiness Zone
Hardiness zones (or Grow Zones) are areas where African Iris is able to grow outdoors year round.
If you are located outside of the specified grow zones, you will need to bring your plant indoors during cooler months if you are growing outside. We recommend growing in a container or indoors.

Zone 8A
10 to 15 F
Zone 8B
15 to 20 F
Zone 9A
20 to 25 F
Zone 9B
25 to 30 F
Zone 10A
30 to 35 F
Zone 10B
35 to 40 F
Zone 11
40 to 50 F
Zone 11A
40 to 45 F
Zone 11B
45 to 50 F
Zone 8A
Zone 8 offers one of the more favorable conditions and a longer growing season than most zones. You can grow a variety of vegetables, flowers, trees, and other perennials. You can often times protect most plants during the winter in this zone by amending with mulch.
First Frost:
Early to Mid-October is the typical time-frame, but can go as late as first week in November.

Last Frost:
Mid-March is the typical time-frame, but at times it can go up to as laste as first week of April.
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