Iris - Care Tips

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Iris. Background information about, origin, species, care and bouquets with Iris


The Iris is best known for its many beautiful shades of blue, a color that you don't often see with cut flowers. Do you prefer white, yellow or purple? That is also possible. And then there are also all kinds of bi-colored irises. The flower has three petals. These flip open completely so that you can see into her heart.


The goddess Iris was the goddess of the rainbow in Greek mythology. The flower is said to be named after her because of a number of colors of the rainbow in which the Iris occurs. Goddess Iris was the messenger of the gods and the rainbow was the bridge between heaven and earth. If you give someone Irises, it means "I have a message for you." And then it is up to you to provide the flowers with a nice story.


The charismatic Iris was discovered long ago by people with an eye for beauty. The Egyptian pyramids contain paintings of the flower, which scientists say date back to 1500 BC. After that the Iris also had a glorious life. She decorated the arms of Louis XVIII (to protect against death) and was a regular model for painter Vincent van Gogh. Irises belong to the Iris family (Idraceae), just like crocuses and freesia. They prefer and best grow in the northern climatic zones. Fun fact: Irises don't like wet feet. If you have spotted the flower at the water's edge, then you know that there is shallow water.

Care tips for at home:

• Cut 2-5 cm off the stem.

• Use a clean and sharp knife or pruning shears for this.

• Place the Irises in a vase with water and the cut flower food.

• Keep the Irises away from the fruit bowl, drafts and direct sunlight