|In celebration of the Joplin's official flower, the Recycling Center is now accepting iris rhizomes, or iris bulbs as they are commonly known, in a swap program for gardeners.
“The center makes many items available for reuse such as books, magazines, packaging materials, and moving boxes, so an iris bulb swap program is a natural fit,” said Mary Anne Phillips, recycling coordinator.
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.
Dividing iris bulbs is recommended to prevent overcrowding and to promote more blooms. Overcrowding also can lead to diseases because of poor air circulation.
The 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 Recycling Center is located at 1310 West A Street. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 2-6 p.m. and Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For additional recycling information, contact Mary Anne Phillips at (417) 624-0820, Extension 501. For gardening advice, contact the University Extension Center, any Master Gardener, or your favorite nursery