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Rhizomes - Propagation by Cutting

Rhizomes Irises are the probably the most common form of rhizomes and will be used as the example.

Step 1. Carefully, dig up the Iris rhizome using a hand trowel.  Shake off the excess soil.  This should be done when soil is dry.

Step 2. Remove any dead (dried) leaves and roots by gently pulling them away from the rhizome.  If they do not pull away easily, cut them at the base with a clean pair of scissors. 

Step 3.  If multiple rhizomes have formed, pull them apart gently.  If they do not pull apart gently, then they will need to be cut as shown later in the section.

Step 4. Place a small amount of rooting hormone with a fungicide** in a zippered storage bag.  Place the scales in the bag, zip the bag shut tightly and shake the bag to dust the scales with the mixture.



Bearded Iris Flower (in cup)


Bearded Iris Rhizomes

Removing Dead Leaves and Roots

Bearded Iris Rhizome Section

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*Note:  Includes hardwood and softwood cuttings of  house plants,  trees, shrubs and vines

** More about Systemic Fungicides for Bulbs


Tunicate Bulbs by Seed                                                    Rhizomes by Cutting Continued