Gardeners should cut back an entire bearded iris plant in the fall. However, after the first set of flowers dies in early summer, a gardener should cut the stalks at the base of the plant to encourage new blooms. More »

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Inadequate sunshine, insufficient watering and overcrowding can cause a bearded iris to lack flowers. In addition, being planted too deep or getting too much nitrogen will prevent flower growth. More »

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Irises should be planted in a sunny location in prepared soil during the months of July, August and September. Optimal planting times vary by location, but irises should be planted at least four to six weeks before the s... More »

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Gardeners can store caladium bulbs by digging up, drying and storing the tubers. Gardeners may also move caladiums indoors as houseplants. If the bed where the caladiums are growing stays undisturbed, unfrozen and well-d... More »

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Gardeners identify berry plants based on the thickness of leaves and thorns and the roundness of stems. The leaves on plants are different in their colors and textures, which makes it easier to identify a particular plan... More »

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Gardeners can buy plants from local garden centers and other retailers or purchase them online or by mail order. Local retailers allow customers to inspect plants and select the healthiest specimens, but mail order compa... More »

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Gardeners should wait to transplant hardy hibiscus when soil temperatures allow it to be workable and when new growth is evident after the plant's dormant period. Survival rates for hibiscus plants when transplanted at t... More »