Iris Neomarica 3g


Neomarica, commonly known as the Walking Iris or Apostle Plant, is a striking tropical perennial native to South America. Unlike typical irises, Neomarica belongs to the Iridaceae family and comprises several species known for their unique growth habit and exquisite flowers.

The most distinctive feature of Neomarica is its sword-like foliage, characterized by long, slender leaves arranged in a fan-like formation. These glossy, strap-shaped leaves can reach lengths of up to 3 feet (1 meter) and provide an elegant backdrop to the plant's blooms.

Neomarica produces stunning flowers that emerge from specialized structures called spathes. Each flower lasts only a day, but the plant compensates by continuously producing new blooms throughout the flowering season. The flowers are typically blue or white, often with intricate markings or patterns, and emit a delicate fragrance, especially in the evening.

Neomarica is a low-maintenance plant that thrives in warm, humid climates and prefers partial shade to filtered sunlight. It can be grown both indoors and outdoors, making it a versatile choice for gardens, landscapes, or container gardening.

In terms of care, Neomarica requires well-draining soil and regular watering to keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. It benefits from occasional fertilization during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer to promote healthy growth and flowering.

Propagation of Neomarica is typically done through division of the rhizomes, which can be separated and replanted to produce new plants. Additionally, Neomarica may self-propagate through the production of offsets or "pups" that emerge from the base of the plant.

Neomarica is generally pest-resistant but may occasionally attract aphids, spider mites, or mealybugs. Regular inspection and treatment with insecticidal soap or neem oil can help control pest infestations.

Overall, Neomarica is a stunning and easy-to-grow plant that adds a touch of exotic beauty to any garden or indoor space with its graceful foliage and enchanting flowers. Whether grown as a specimen plant, border plant, or in mixed containers, Neomarica is sure to captivate with its unique charm and beauty.


Care Plan for Iris Neomarica (Walking Iris or Apostle Plant):

  1. Light: Place in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. Neomarica prefers partial shade or filtered sunlight, especially during the hottest part of the day.
  2. Temperature: Maintain temperatures between 65°F to 80°F (18°C to 27°C). Protect from drafts and sudden temperature fluctuations.
  3. Humidity: Provide moderate to high humidity levels, ideally between 50% to 70%. Regular misting or use of a humidity tray can help increase moisture levels, especially in drier indoor environments.
  4. Watering: Water deeply and thoroughly, allowing the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil to dry out between waterings. Neomarica prefers consistently moist soil but is susceptible to root rot if overwatered.
  5. Soil: Plant in well-draining, fertile soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.0. A mix of potting soil, perlite, and compost can improve drainage and nutrient retention.
  6. Fertilization: Feed monthly during the growing season (spring to early fall) with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength. Avoid fertilizing in winter when growth slows.
  7. Pruning: Remove spent flowers and yellowing or dead foliage as needed to maintain a tidy appearance. Trim back any damaged or overgrown leaves to promote new growth.
  8. Propagation: Neomarica can be propagated through division of rhizomes. Divide the plant every 2-3 years or when it becomes overcrowded. Replant divisions in fresh potting soil.
  9. Pests and Diseases: Monitor for pests such as aphids, spider mites, and mealybugs. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Watch for signs of fungal diseases and avoid overhead watering.
  10. Support: Provide support for tall flower stalks to prevent them from bending or breaking. Stake or tie up stalks if necessary.
  11. Repotting: Repot every 2-3 years or when the plant outgrows its current container. Choose a pot slightly larger than the current one with adequate drainage holes.
  12. Winter Care: Protect from cold drafts and temperatures below 50°F (10°C). Consider bringing indoors during winter months if outdoor temperatures drop significantly.

By following this care plan, you can ensure your Iris Neomarica remains healthy and vibrant, producing its enchanting flowers and graceful foliage year-round.