Plant Irises In Record Time With TikTok’s Easy Shovel Hack

Plant Irises In Record Time With TikTok's Easy Shovel Hack

Irises are easy to maintain if they are planted in well-drained soil and full sun. However, planting them can be a difficult task. To plant them, you need to dig 10-inch holes that are 4-5 inches deep. This can be a lot of manual labor since each iris should be planted separately and then divided when they begin to outgrow their own bloom production and vitality. Fortunately, there is a shovel trick making the rounds on TikTok that can make planting irises a lot easier. With this trick, you can create an “X” in the soil with your shovel, lift the dirt gently, and then plant the iris firmly in almost one fluid movement.

If you are unable to perform the physical tasks required for gardening, finding a more adaptable way to partake in this popular hobby can be a godsend. This TikTok hack doesn’t just make it easier to plant irises, but it also makes it more adaptable for people who cannot perform all the bending, lifting, and kneeling required for most planting.

How to plant a baby iris plant according to TikTok


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Forget the back-breaking work of shoveling up the dirt of your yard. If you want to plant a baby iris quickly and painlessly, TikTok has the answer. Simply center your shovel over the spot where you want to put your iris, then step on the end of the shovel blade to push into the soil. Turn the shovel 90 degrees and repeat this action, creating a cross — or an “X” — over the spot where the plant will go.

Once that is done, move your shovel to the end of one of the “X” lines, spanning one of the wedges these two crossed marks make. Step on your shovel blade again, this time putting enough leverage on the handle to pull the dirt up just enough that the “X” separates to the depth of the marks you made. The intersection of your “X” will be opened up at this point, and you can gently place your baby iris plant inside the hole. Release your hold on the shovel and pull it out of the dirt, watching as your soil closes back over the now-planted iris. It’s as easy as that. You can do this over and over again, for as many irises as you want, in short order. From that point on, simply keep up watering your plants on the schedule irises require to establish themselves and thrive throughout the season.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.