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Bearded Irises from Breck’s Bulbs: Featuring Toucan Tango

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Breck’s Bulbs.

Are you already dreaming of planting and growing irises in your garden for next year? One of my favorite bearded irises I planted this season from Breck’s Bulbs was the Toucan Tango which brought the most amazing color and interest to my cottage garden.

Breck's Bulbs Toucan Tango Bearded Irises

I’m so excited to share the bearded irises I planted from Breck’s Bulbs last fall and how beautifully they bloomed in my garden this season.

You wouldn’t believe all the flowers I have in my garden from Breck’s Bulbs. Here are some of the flowers I’ve planted in the past couple of years…


Breck's Bulbs Toucan Tango Bearded Irises

What is Unique About the Toucan Tango Variety?

When it comes to adding a pop of vibrant color and unique interest to your garden, few flowers can top the beauty of Toucan Tango Bearded Irises (Iris germanica).

With their stunning bi-color blooms and distinctive bearded petals, these irises are a popular choice among gardeners.

Toucan Tango Bearded Irises have gently ruffled petals that are creamy white with streaks of violet-purple. The blooms’ edges and beards are mustard yellow with the hairs being purple-tipped.


Breck's Bulbs Toucan Tango Bearded Irises

What is a Rhizome?

The rhizome of a bearded iris is an underground stem that grows horizontally just beneath the soil surface.

It serves several important functions…

  • Stores energy reserves and nutrients for the plant, allowing it to survive periods of dormancy or undesirable conditions.
  • Produces new shoots and roots, giving rise to the plant’s above-ground foliage, flowers, and roots.

Breck's Bulbs Toucan Tango Bearded Irises

A Guide to Growing and Caring for Toucan Tango Bearded Irises

This bearded iris grows in hardiness zones 4-9. If you’re not sure what your zone is, you can search it HERE.

Toucan Tango irises bloom in late spring and can grow to 37 inches in height. Mu favorite thing about bearded irises is that they are deer-resistant!

Here are some of the essential steps to successfully grow and care for Toucan Tango Bearded Irises in your garden.


Choosing the Right Location

Toucan Tango Bearded Irises can thrive in areas with light sun to partial shade. Select a location that gets at least five hours of direct sunlight each day.

Well-drained soil is preferred to prevent waterlogging and rot. These irises do tolerate other soils, however, such as acidic, clay, loamy, and sandy soil.


Breck's Bulbs Toucan Tango Bearded Irises

When to Plant Irises

The best time to plant Toucan Tango Bearded Irises is in late summer or early fall, about six to eight weeks before the first frost.


How to Plant Bearded Irises

  • Prepare the soil by removing weeds and adding organic matter for improved drainage.
  • Dig a hole that is wide and deep enough to accommodate the rhizome, spreading out the roots.
  • Set the rhizome so the bottom half is below the ground level.
  • Gently backfill the hole, firming the soil around the rhizome while leaving the top exposed.
  • Water thoroughly.

Breck's Bulbs Toucan Tango Bearded Irises

Watering Your Bearded Irises

Toucan Tango Bearded Irises prefer moist soil but are susceptible to rot if overwatered. Water deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.

During hot and dry periods, provide supplemental watering to ensure the plants receive adequate moisture.


Breck's Bulbs Toucan Tango Bearded Irises

Mulching and Weed Control

Apply a layer of organic mulch around the plants to suppress weeds, conserve moisture, and regulate soil temperature.

Avoid mulching directly against the rhizomes to prevent rot. Remove weeds from the garden beds regularly to prevent competition for nutrients and water.


Fertilizing and Nutrient Requirements

Toucan Tango Bearded Irises benefit from a balanced fertilizer application in early spring and after flowering.

Use a slow-release granular fertilizer or a well-balanced liquid fertilizer, following the product instructions for proper application. Avoid excessive nitrogen, as it can lead to lush foliage at the expense of flower production.


Breck's Bulbs Toucan Tango Bearded Irises

Staking and Support

As the irises grow and develop flower stalks, provide support by staking them to prevent bending or breaking.

Use stakes or plant supports, placing them close to the base of the plant and gently tying the stalks for stability.


Breck's Bulbs Toucan Tango Bearded Irises

Pest and Disease Control

Bearded irises are generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, occasional pests such as aphids or iris borers may appear.

Inspect your plants regularly and take appropriate action if pests are detected. Remove and destroy any infected or damaged parts of the plant to prevent the spread of diseases.


Dividing Your Rhizomes

After a few years, Toucan Tango Bearded Irises may become overcrowded, leading to reduced blooming.

To rejuvenate the plants and keep them healthy, divide the clumps every three to four years. Carefully lift the rhizomes, separating them, and replanting the healthy divisions.


End-of-Season Maintenance

Remove any spent flower stems after blooming. In late fall, cut back foliage to 6″ fans. Clean plant debris before winter to prevent borers from overwintering.


Bearded iris collection from Breck's Bulbs

Bearded Iris Collections

Be sure to visit the Breck’s Bloom website to see the stunning collections they offer as well. Here are some of them.


Breck's Bulbs Toucan Tango Bearded Irises

Breck’s Bulb’s Toucan Tango Bearded Irises are a gorgeous addition to any garden with their unique colors and blooms.

By providing the right conditions, proper care, and maintenance, you will enjoy these stunning flowers for years to come.

If you have any questions or want to share a message, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below. And be sure to share this blog post link with anyone who may find these gardening tips useful.


Until next time,

Happy Gardening!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Breck’s Bulbs.

All opinions are my own.

For more information, read my full disclosure here.



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