Plant Care Orris-root


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Orris-root has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Orris-root has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

About Orris-root

Orris-root is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor and easy to bloom with only 4 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Orris-root likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Orris-root belongs to the Iris genus, and is native to the Balkans.

⚠️ Orris-root is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


Iris x germanica

Also known as

Bearded iris and German bearded iris

How to care for Orris-root


How often to water your Orris-root

Water needs for Orris-root
0.5 cups
every 9

Orris-root needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Orris-root

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Orris-root in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Orris-root: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Orris-root love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Orris-root does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Orris-root

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Orris-root: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Orris-root after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Orris-root is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Orris-root



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Orris-root has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
Orris-root has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Orris-root has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
Adriana avatar
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I’ve had this sitting outside for about 8 or 9 years now and it has thrived on the little care I give her. It’s weathered hurricanes, bird’s nesting and snowstorms with little trouble. I didn’t realize what it was, until it put put out the prettiest purple and orange flowers for the past two summers.

Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower

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