Today the whole Neomarica collection was handed over to the Botanical Garden Leipzig. Due to my age I had to find a place where the plants would be cultivated on an ongoing basis. So I’m happy that they’ll be the jewelry of a botanic exhibition in the oldest botanical Garden of Germany in the future.
As it comes from a narrow valley in Atlantic forest Neomarica mauroi needs high air humidity to grow properly. Usually I keep them in an acrylic glass box. All attempts outside with plants in soil failed.
Then I tried hydroculture, planted in expanded clay pellets and fed with Ion exchange resin beads (Lewatit HD 50) and a somewhat wider cachepot so that humidification coulld take place. And it worked! The plant seems to be surrounded by a microclimate that is enough for her, growing and flowering.
There is a new stock list availiable. Please take into account that the candidas and decumbenses are just blooming; the plantlets are not altogether ripe.
Today a plant is producing a flower, which I got as plantlet 3 years ago from a “professional”. It was labelled “Neomarica caerulea” and I knew from the first moment that this was wrong: The characteristic of N. caerulea is just not to make plantlets on top of the flowering stem!
But this beauty was a plantlet, so I think it must be Neomarica sabinei.
here’s another of my “unknown” collection. I got the plant from a neomarica fan in Austria. It might be a mutation, perhaps a albinoid form. Though my first idea was that it resembles N. candida (without the blue) I’m now uncertain – the flowers stay only for half a day and that points more to a sort of Neomarica that lives in regions with high air humidity.