Houseplants forum: Iris tectorum Variegata

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Name: seaecho
Phelan, Ca. (Zone 8b)
There is ALWAYS room for one more p
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seaecho
Jun 6, 2015 8:03 PM CST
I have ordered one of these. Fell in love with the variegation. I realize variegated plants are generally more difficult than non-variegated. I want to keep it as a houseplant. Does anyone grow this plant? What are your thoughts on it?

Plantomaniac08
Jun 7, 2015 5:57 PM CST
I've not heard of growing Iris indoors, but that's not to say it can't be done...

I'm not sure who would be best to ask this question to (I was thinking of someone to tag), someone who has done the same successfully.

Planto
Name: seaecho
Phelan, Ca. (Zone 8b)
There is ALWAYS room for one more p
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seaecho
Jun 7, 2015 8:21 PM CST
Thanks, planto. Maybe someone will chime in...

Plantomaniac08
Jun 7, 2015 8:52 PM CST
I researched a little bit for you and found this in a houseplant book.

"Dwarf Irises are excellent for growing indoors, producing large blooms in January and February... there are at least 3 species which are well worth cultivating in the house. Plant the bulbs in September and provide plenty of light once the leaves have appeared above the compost. Choose from Iris histrioides major (deep blue, white centres), I. reticulata (purple, yellow centres -- fragrant), and I. danfordiae (yellow -- fragrant)" --The Houseplant Expert, Dr. D.G. Hessayon, 1993, page 96. I know '96 is a bit old, but I hope this information is somewhat helpful.

It doesn't list the species you have and I'm not familiar enough with Irises to know if yours is a dwarf, but if the one you purchased proves to be difficult to grow indoors, I hope those listed help narrow down which Irises do well indoors.

I hope you find the information you're looking for, sorry I couldn't be of more help.

Planto
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Name: seaecho
Phelan, Ca. (Zone 8b)
There is ALWAYS room for one more p
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seaecho
Jun 11, 2015 11:56 PM CST
Thank you Planto. I will be researching the irises you mentioned! I received mine in the mail yesterday. Here is a pic of it. Four days in the mail, and it doesn't look too bad! In front of it is a Sinningia (Jim's Curly) in bloom.
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