Growing Neomarica Walking Iris Plants
Neomarica walking iris is a sturdy, warm-climate plant that enhances the garden with fans of pale green, lance-shaped foliage and small, fragrant flowers that bloom prolifically through spring, summer and autumn. If you’re curious about how to grow Neomarica walking iris, it’s fairly easy to do. In addition to propagating themselves, the walking iris plants can be easily propagated through division of offsets or by seed in spring, which is relatively easy as well and flowering usually occurs within the first season. Rhizomes can be planted in the ground or pots just beneath the soil. Walking iris plants grows best in moist, well-draining soil in areas with light to full shade but will also tolerate some sun as long as they receive adequate moisture. It is hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 10 and 11, but has been reported to grow as far north as Zone 8 with adequate protection during winter. In regards to walking iris care, the plant itself requires little in the way of maintenance with exception of providing plenty of moisture. You should water your walking iris plants regularly during its active growth.
Allow the plant to go dormant in winter and limit its watering to once monthly. Adding an ample amount of mulch will help with retaining moisture in the soil and insulating plant roots. Blooms of walking iris plants can be removed once flowering has stopped and the stems can be cut back in fall as well. Since walking iris tolerates a wide range of soil and light conditions, this hardy plant is quite versatile in the garden. Walking iris plants make an excellent accent along natural paths and pond edges. They look great when massed together and can be used as a taller ground cover in the shade.