You will receive freshly dug, cleaned and tagged iris. Summer is the time for digging iris. We begin shipping in July. The iris you order will have been out of the ground for approximately three weeks, from the time they are dug, trimmed, cleaned, tagged, packed and delivered to your doorstep (or mailbox). In that time, the foliage and roots can begin to dry out or turn brown. This is not a concern. Bearded iris are very resilient. The dryness is merely superficial. The health of the plant is not affected adversely. Simply plant the iris very soon after you receive them and water in well. You will begin to see new foliage grow within a couple of weeks of proper care.
Here's a short video which explains what the iris will look like when we ship them out from our farm to you in the summer.