Neomarica Notes

James Waddick
Thu, 04 Nov 2010 17:11:44 PDT
	A few years ago I collected a half dozen or so species of 
Neomarica, a South American Irid. The commonest variety, N. candida, 
is called walking iris because after blooming, the flower stalk 
develops young terminal  plantlets that root  and spread the plant a 
few feet each year.

	As frost approaches, I cleaned up pots that summered outdoors 
and sure enough I had three plants of N. candida soundly rooted 
around the pot.  Just like they are 'supposed' to do.

	I never noticed any  of my other plants make these terminal 
plantlets until  today. There was a young plant of N. coerulea 
'Regina'  'walking' away from the mother pot.

	All pots cleaned up of weeds and dead leaves and stored in 
the greenhouse as the forecast calls for as low as 29  F tonight. I 
do know better as these cannot take any frost under my conditions.

	Any similar experiences?		Best		Jim W.

Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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