Neomarica

Neomarica

Life form Herbaceous
Family Iridaceae
Origin Central and South America: Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia
Ease of cultivation Easy enough for growing a plant.
The size Height to 45-90 cm in height and width.
Growth rate It grows quite slowly throughout the year.
Lifespan Perennial.
Temperature Summer: 73,4-77 ° F, in the winter requires coolness (+ 46,4 ° F), otherwise neomarica can not bloom in summer.
Humidity The optimal level of humidity – 50%, however, neomarica adapts to dry air. Nevertheless, it is useful to regularly spray the plant.
Lighting Scattered light in the summer. Suitable for the east and west windows, should be shaded from the direct midday rays. In winter, the lighting should be bright.
The soil A breathable well drained soil is suitable (pH 6-7). For own soil, you can take   3 parts of garden land, 1 part of coarse sand or perlite, 1 part of peat. It is mandatory to use drainage.
Watering During flowering, regular watering, approximately every 2-4 days. Use only soft water. With the onset of autumn watering cut, in winter to water 1 time a week.
Fertilizer From spring to autumn 1 time in 2-4 weeks with liquid fertilizer. The plant does not need too high doses of fertilizers.
Reproduction The plant reproduces very easily. They arise on the spot of a withered flower: its flower-bud is lengthened and bent so that the baby gets to the ground at some distance from the mother plant. In the soil, it takes root (which is why the plant is sometimes called “walking iris”). To get a new plant, it is enough to root the formed “baby” into a separate small pot, slightly sprinkling its base with soil. As a rule, the plant blooms already in the second year, when it reaches a height of about 60 cm.The second method of reproduction is the division of the plant during transplantation.
Bloom Blossom throughout the year (but most often in the spring) bright purple or white with purple flowers, each of which lasts only one day.It is believed that neomarika blooms only when the number of its leaves up to 12 pcs., Why it is sometimes called “apostolic” plant. Flowers are formed from the same place for a long time.
Transfer Transplanted 1 time in 2-3 years a year in spring, deepening the roots and about 5 cm of stem into the substrate. However, the plant should not be deeply embedded. The pot should not be deep, because the roots are not a very powerful system. It is more useful for a plant to use clay pots. When transplanting, it is not necessary without special need to divide the plant into many parts: it is best if several iris bushes grow together in the same pot.
Features of care The plant can be grown as an ampel in a suspension pot. Do not be surprised if offspring  begin to germinate in pots neighboring plants, it is better to put at least 50 cm from the “walking iris.”
Difficulties The plant rarely gets sick. It is affected most often by a spider mite. Perhaps the appearance of aphids and decay of bulbs with excessive moisturizing.
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