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Name: laurdale
southwest Florida (Zone 9b)
laurdale
Apr 2, 2017 10:31 AM CST
I inherited these from my grandmother when she passed away. Last year they looked great. This year the are turning yellow and brown. They are still blooming. I thought they were too wet so I repotted them. I think the are beautiful and I really don't want them to die. Any help would be appreciated.

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Name: Jan Wax
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janwax
Apr 2, 2017 10:45 AM CST
amazing! Is it an iris? and welcome Laurdale! Welcome!
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IrisLilli
Apr 2, 2017 10:46 AM CST
Welcome! to the iris forum!

I do not recognise the plant in your picture, but maybe someone else on here will! Crossing Fingers!
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Name: laurdale
southwest Florida (Zone 9b)
laurdale
Apr 2, 2017 10:50 AM CST
I'm not sure what it is. They are blooming now and always early in the morning. The blooms only last a day.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Apr 2, 2017 10:52 AM CST
I love the "feathered" look on the petals.
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UndertheSun
Apr 2, 2017 11:05 AM CST
I believe that is what's commonly called the "walking iris". I don't grow it, but maybe someone else on here does and can help you.
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UndertheSun
Apr 2, 2017 11:12 AM CST
I forgot to say...

Welcome laurdale! Welcome!
Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Apr 2, 2017 11:42 AM CST
@laurdale

It looks a lot like my Louisiana Walking Iris, mine are not blooming now. But due to a late freeze in March I feel they were set back. The leaves looked just awful after the cold weather, but now they are starting to look better. Still, I will have to trim them up a bit to make them look decent. When the warmer weather gets here they should perk up. One thing I did find out about them when I first planted them two years ago is that the leaves burn very easily in direct sun.

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Deebie
Apr 2, 2017 12:10 PM CST
I agree with the others. It's a walking iris. So Larry, you are able to grow yours in the ground, is that correct? I'd love to try planting mine outdoors, although I'm in zone 8a, SE coast. Maybe in a protected spot. What do you think?

@Laurdale, do you have your plant growing in the ground, or in pots? What kind of care have you been giving it up until now? BTW, can you please complete your profile and tell us where you are located, so that we can better help answer your gardening questions.
Name: laurdale
southwest Florida (Zone 9b)
laurdale
Apr 2, 2017 1:02 PM CST
Thank you for all the replies. I am in zone 9B Southwest Florida.
I have them in pots so I can move them around the yard especially in the summer heat. I also bring them in if there is a chance of frost. They have been pretty easy to care for so far. But we haven't had much rain this year so I have been watering them. I think I may have over watered them.I couldn't get the soil to dry out so I put them in fresh pots with fresh soil.
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grannysgarden
Apr 2, 2017 1:07 PM CST
Welcome to the iris forum, Laurdale. Your iris is beautiful. Only wish I could grow them here. I hope you have every success and it sounds like several people are familiar with their needs. Good luck. Smiling
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daylilydreams
Apr 2, 2017 1:23 PM CST
@laurdale Check back on the daylily forum where you first asked your question, there are some replies that might be helpful.
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Apr 2, 2017 1:39 PM CST
@laurdale Welcome! to the iris forum. what a unique looking iris .
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iciris
Apr 2, 2017 4:27 PM CST
Welcome laurdale! Welcome! Gabe sent me one last year and I'm happy to say it survived our winter on the porch. It has not bloomed for me yet.

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Calif_Sue
Apr 2, 2017 4:37 PM CST

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Yes, as our database says, best in dappled shade.
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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Apr 2, 2017 4:41 PM CST
Welcome!

I think you are smart to have it in a pot because it gets very hot where you are. And it will probably be much happier with less water in the pot. Keep soil that drains well in the pot and it should hopefully perk up.

To those who have walking iris - do they need a spot of cold every year? If the leaves burn easily I am guessing that at least partial shade is needed?
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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Apr 2, 2017 4:42 PM CST
Cross posted with Suzanne! Guess I know the shade answer now. Smiling
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Henhouse
Apr 2, 2017 4:45 PM CST
I've had mixed success with Neomerica.. although I grew different species... I think a cold, wet winter did them in here... I grew them successfully at my last house.. it's been many years now.. but if you can find Neomerica caerulia, it's a beauty. I kept one of my mother's african violets alive for probably 25 years, so I truly understand it's meaning to you. I hope repotting did the trick..
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Name: Barbara
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iciris
Apr 2, 2017 4:50 PM CST
After I got mine from Gabe I had it in dappled shade. When it got cold here I put closer to the house on the porch (which is covered).
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Apr 2, 2017 7:12 PM CST
Yes, I do grow mine in the ground. I should have mulched over them I suppose, and I think I will next year to keep them from looking so bad in the early spring. They are called walking Iris for a reason, they grow new plants at the top of the flower stalks then the stalk bends over to the ground and the plants root in the ground. I am afraid by having them in pots, and moving them around it would be hard for them to "walk around". My plants are in a dry location, and I think they actually prefer a wetter location, but I did not have any place in the bog that got enough shade to protect them. Now with the trees I had down there cut down by the power company recently it is really a full hot sun all day type of area.

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