Iris as cut flowers

Whilst we love the look of our iris in the garden, they make spectacular cut flowers in a vase inside and keep for up to 2 weeks.  Here a few handy tips to ensure you get the most out of your indoor iris displays.

  • Keep an eye on iris flowers in your garden, and pick them just as the top flower is starting to unfurl. It’s best to cut them using sharp secateurs or a knife in the early morning or evening,
  • Some people advise recutting your iris at an angle once they are inside, either under a running tap or underwater in a bucket.
  • Display your iris out of direct sunlight and breezes. Change the water every 3 days or when it becomes murky and recut the stems if necessary.  Pinch off the wilted flowers as blooms emerge lower down the stem. 
  • Occasionally an iris will drip a sap-like substance – place them on a non-porous surface just to be on the safe side.

For some interesting ideas on how to display your iris, google ikebana and iris.  Ikebana is a Japanese form of flower arranging which turns cut flowers and foliage into works of art.  Whatever your displays, enjoy your iris.