Runnymede Iris Farm

Flowers in all the colours of the rainbow

With 150 varieties, we'll have your colour!

Runnymede Iris Farm was founded by Brenda Carter nearly 30 years ago and is now proudly continued by her daughter Sue Dandridge.

Bearded Irises are extremely low maintenance, drought resistant, water wise and frost resistant. When different varieties are planted together they make a most spectacular display. The grey/green colour and sharp shape of the Iris’s foliage will add a valuable contrast to any garden.
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Bearded Irises are easy to care for

Planting

Irises need well-drained soil. It is preferable for it to be slightly acidic. They need sun for at least half a day each day. Bearded Iris rhizomes should be planted in spring and summer so that they have plenty of time to establish before the winter months. When planted, the tops of the rhizomes should be exposed, with the roots spread out into the soil - don't make the mistake of planting the rhizomes too deeply. Space them about 30 to 60cm apart. If you plant them close together, you will get a better short-term show, but you will have to thin out more frequently. Once planted, water in well.

Fertilising

Exactly how you fertilise will depend on your soil type. However, you will want to use a low-nitrogen fertiliser (6-10-10) superphosphate or bone meal. Apply in the early spring and then about a month after the plants have bloomed.

Watering

When Bearded Irises are first set, you will need to keep them moist. Once established, the plants will probably not need watering unless it becomes extremely dry. It is a common mistake to over-water Irises. When you do water, deep watering now and then is better than shallow watering often.

Dividing & Transplanting

About every three to five years, iris plants need to be divided or thinned. If you allow the plants to become too crowded, you will get fewer flowers and the potential for disease is increased. It is best to do this about a month after the flowers have finished blooming. Clumps can be dug up and the old, spent rhizomes removed. New growth will be evident on the sides. Break off the new rhizomes, and trim the foliage. Then replant them as outlined in the PLANTING tab.

Services

We attend markets and shows


Guest speaker at garden club functions


Farm visits and small group functions


Supplier to leading nurseries, landscapers and private gardeners

Upcoming Events
The Witness Garden Show
7 - 9 September 2018
Royal Agricultural Showgrounds
Pietermaritzburg

Johannesburg Garden Club Open Gardens Meander
15 - 16 September 2018
Suburbs of Bryanston and Atholl
Gauteng

A Blooming Affair Garden and Craft Market Day
6 October 2018
Roedean School
Parktown, Gauteng

Glenshiel Christmas Fair
25 - 28 October 2018
19 Woolston Road
Westcliff, Gauteng

Wakkerstroom’s Open Gardens and Rose Show
10 - 11 November 2018
Runnymede Iris Farm and various open gardens
Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga

Parkview Christmas Market
30 November - 2 December 2018
Parkview, Gauteng

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Runnymede Iris Farm
Uys Street
Wakkerstroom 2480
Phone: Sue Dandridge on 079-787-7163

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Find us in Wakkerstroom

We are easy to find. Just follow the directional signs from the corner of van Riebeeck and Badenhorst Streets (the first stop street when coming from the Volksrust side).