Neomarica Caerulea (The Walking Iris)
Walking Iris Division is one of the most common species of plants in North America. It grows from southern Canada southward to Texas and westward to Florida. It’s native range extends into Mexico, but it was introduced into the United States along with other neotropical trees such as oaks and maples. It was planted in the early 1800s as a shade tree, but it soon became popular for its attractive flowers.
Today, it is used primarily for ornamental purposes.
In some areas of the country, there are several varieties of walking irises growing together in close proximity to each other. These types of plants have been called “super-irises”. They often grow very tall and can reach over 20 feet high when mature. They are known to produce large amounts of white flowers which may last for many years.
Their leaves are usually small and unassuming looking, but they can be quite beautiful if cared for properly.
Walking Iris Division – How And When To Transplant Neomarica?
There are two ways to transplant neomarica:
1) Growing your own walking iris in pots or containers in a sunny location; or 2) Using a commercial product called “Sunset” Growing Solution.
Of course, you’ll also need to decide which type of container to use. For small plants, choose individual 3- or 5-inch pots. You may also want to place them in a larger container until they become well established—perhaps a bushel basket. For larger plants, use at least a 50-gallon container.
The pot should have excellent drainage.
One other decision you’ll need to make is whether to transplant your walking irises in the spring or the fall. The best time to move plants is late summer or fall – just before they begin growing again. Be aware that moving a large plant may stress it enough that it won’t bloom the next year. On the other hand, if you transplant a small plant in the spring, it may become so bushy and lush that its blooms are obscured by foliage.
Also, avoid planting your walking iris in areas that have been recently treated with pesticides, because it may require several years for any lingering chemicals to completely dissipate from the soil.
How To Prepare Your Transplanted Divisions:
You can begin preparing your new transplants several weeks before transplanting them.
Sources & references used in this article:
Perennial Bedding Plants for Hawai’i by M Wong – 2008 – 18.104.22.168
Florida gardener’s guide by T MacCubbin, G Tasker – 2002 – books.google.com
Florida Getting Started Garden Guide: Grow the Best Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, Vines & Groundcovers by T MacCubbin, G Tasker – 2013 – books.google.com