Walking Iris?? Blue..for the deep south.
Hi. I have several types of so called 'waling iris' in my south Fla. garden. The white one with blue, and the yellow one,with brown spots, and I also have a HUGE blue iris that is nearly as big and as handsome as a 'regular' bearded iris. I grew it for nearly 5 years, and it did next to nothing. I thought I had been sold a northern iris, and was about to throw it out, when all of a sudden a root popped through the drain hole and the plant took off the minute it hit soil!
Now it is a HUGE plant, and in less than 3 months of growing, it bloomed! This past spring/summer. I have some pics. but I am hopeless at posting pictures on here. I was told it is a 'Louisana Walking Iris'. One of the 'Neomarica' types? This is my problem. I now have these huge swords of leaves, over 3 feet long, and the stem that bloomed now has a big plant growing in it! But it is so tall,if I bend it, it will snap off.
My question is...does anyone know what I have? The name of this Iris, common or botanical? And how do I root a 'walking iris' that cant reach soil? Now that I know it can grow here in Fort Lauderdale, and it will bloom huge blooms, and they smell so wonderful! I want more!! I know I can divide it, and it needs it now! But I dont know if I should try that now or in the spring?
So...how do i get this 'air borne' iris plant to root? Can it be cut off, and dug out of the leaf? Do I wrap it in sphagnum moss and hope it roots in the air wrapped in sphagnum moss and Saran Wrap? What do I do? This plant went from a sad few tiny leaves, to a huge plant with 3-4 foot long sword leaves in less than 3 months! Then it bloomed a month later! The blooms have long ago stopped. But I was surprised to find a 'walking iris' on the stem that bloomed. Can anyone give me any idea on how to get it to root? Or have a name for this light blue petaled iris, with darker blue inner petals, 3 of them, 3 big outer ones, the inner ones also have brown spots and have very dark blue veins.
It is obviously for southern gardens, thats why I bought it, but thought i got taken for a ride...but all it needed was root room! And it took off once it got it!! It is obviously a 'walking iris'. I saw it on EBay a week ago, and stupidly didn't write the name down! And now it isn't there. Any ideas on what I have and how to root the 1 plant that is so far off the ground, it cant be bent over to root in the soil.