|Neomarica, in its brief hours of glory|
Look fast, though. The flower you see open when you get up in the morning will already be flagging by late afternoon. Overnight, it folds back into itself and, by morning, it's a little ball of brown mud.
But then, lo and behold, another bud swells up from the same stem and there's another day of beauty. And then a second stem gets into the action and third. For about a week, you get to play this marvelous game of guessing how many flowers will be open this morning - five? six? eight? One morning, an especially thick clump had a total of 14 flowers open all at once.
Just as quickly, however, bud production falls. A few days later you're back to sporadic bloom here and there and, a week later, there's one or two laggards as the stem is spent. Then.... it's back to being green background scenery.
|350 days a year, it's green|
background scenery; but for
two weeks at the end of
winter, it's glorious.
We have rooted upward of 15 pots each year of Neomarica this way. An established pot can also be readily divided into half a dozen plants after a year. Those pots go with her when she gives presentations on houseplant care to garden clubs. They're always a hit. And, perhaps one of them will be given as a gift to a friend, who will watch it grow, see it flower, and put out a pot...