Should I Mulch Around My Irises?

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Do not mulch around your Irises no matter what you do with your other garden plants.

Irises are great low maintenance plants, and many times you can literally set them and forget them with little to no work involved. The one thing Irises do not like is to have their rhizomes covered. The large rhizomes the plant springs from should remain exposed, looking like little flat potatoes (or ginger root) on top of the soil. Mulching plants like Irises, who like to have their rhizomes exposed can not only reduce the plants reproductive capabilities, eliminating any new plants from forming, but it can also smother the plant itself.