Care-instructions according our own experiences

Those who have puchased a Neomarica plant, got an undemanding, but very decorative room plant. Outside the blooming period it is a juwel too with her lucious green fan shaped leaves on the windowshelf.
Here you can download a Version of the caring instructions.

Placement:

Light shade, in winter at room temperature, never below 15°C (59°F). Might be placed outside in summer, when the temperature even at night is minimum 10°C (50°). Acclimate slowly, even a little sun makes sunburn without acclimatising! Make sure that there is no contact possible with the soil because earthworms love Neomarica roots, keep in their pots as they’ll damage the living fine fibrous roots.

Flowers:

 

 

Neomaricas flower at different times during the South American spring, summer and autumn. (How even those raised from seeds in Europe know the Brazilian seasons is one of their secrets.) Flowering takes several weeks, the older the plant the longer it flowers. On every blooming stem up to 20 Flowers might appear one after the other or several at one time. A single Flower opens in the morning, is completely developed at noon and dies in the evening.

My flowering periods:

N. candida

N. northiana

N. Guaratuba

Trimezia fosteriana

Dietes iridioides

december-january

february-may

may-july

all seasons

all seasons

Propagation:

During the flowering period the stem becomes longer and longer, up to 2 meters ( 7 ft.) is not unusual. It should be well supported. At the end one or two plantlets grow out of the blooming ‘container’ on its tip, which would bend to the ground in nature and grows the new Neomarica. That's why the plant is called "Walking Iris". When the plantlet stands upright on the stem you can pluck it, remove the leaves around its base and plant it directly into soil (keep in place with two wooden skewers).

While repotting the mother plant you can divide the rhizoms and thus get more plants.
Never pot into unglazed clay pots, the evaporative cooling will damage the roots!

Other caring information:

The walking Iris is easy to keep, it always needs enough water, a wet foot for a short time doesn't matter. Even when still growing, use only fertilizer with low nitrogen. Adult plants (2 years or more) are fertilized weekly from November to March with a fertilizer for flowering (Orchid fertilizer recommended). Wipe the leaves with a damp flannel from time to time. If the leaves get brown tips because of dry room air, it is possible to cut them.

Repotting every year furthers blooming, but adult plants should not get bigger pots. Too big a pot make a lot of leaves growing, but not more flowers. Plant in a porous soil (Soil mixed with cocos fibre or Perlite). Never plant in unglazed clay pots!

Pesticide:

Dry room air or through contagion spider mites, scale insects and even plant lice (Aphids) can easily discover the 'delicious' iris leafs. An appropriate spray for house plants can be endured by these plants.

Don't use the so called "combination granules", the high content of nitrogen seems to be poisonous for Neomaricas.

Attention:

Cats love chewing the leaves, it is not good for the plant, but it isn't dangerous for the cats, the plant isn't toxic. My two cats 'survived' it fine. For my canary bird the leafs are too hard, but tasting didn't harm him either.