|In celebration of Joplin's official flower, the recycling center will now accept iris rhizomes, or iris bulbs as they are commonly known. The center makes many items available for reuse such as books, magazines, packaging materials, and moving boxes, so a program offering an iris bulb swap is a natural fit. Local gardeners looking for economical ways to continue their hobby may drop off or retrieve iris bulbs while visiting the center.
“Irises should be planted in mid-summer to early fall, but the iris is a very tolerant plant and can still establish itself even when planted or maintained incorrectly,” said Mary Anne Phillips, recycling coordinator.
Dividing iris bulbs is recommended to prevent overcrowding and to promote more blooms. Overcrowding also can lead to diseases because of poor air circulation. Following are general guidelines for digging up the bulbs:
- Each division should have one or two leaf fans.
- Use a waterproof marker to write the name and or color on the leaf.
- Wrap bulbs in newspaper.
- Discard the old “Mother” plant, or any bulb that is not healthy or is soft, or has few white feeding roots.
The Center is located at 1310 West A St. Current hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-7 p.m. and Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Winter hours begin November 1st; Tuesday's and Thursday's operating hours become 2-6 p.m.
For additional information, contact Mary Anne Phillips at (417) 624-0820