A Walking Iris 'walks'

A perennial Walking Iris in full bloom.

On this picture it is shown clearly, how the pedicels bow down, in nature to the ground. When they've reached that, the layers will get rooted. then the process of growing up, get pedicels, blooms and layers starts again. 

The pedicel on the right models for the following documentation:



During the blooming the tip of the pedicel looks for a longer time like the tip of a common leaf. Just slowly appears, what's hidden in it. 

The growing tip opens itself laterally and slowly a new plant (layer) emerges.



 The bud-alike organs, from which over weeks the most delightful flowers are evolved, perish, while the layers changes more and more into an upright position.

When the layer is almost standing perpendicular, it is "mature" to start an own life. 



 If the husk is removed, underneath the leaves there are already small  "warts" visible, the beginnings of the later roots.

In nature, the husk would slowly rot away while the roots are developed. For a more rapid development of the roots, it is better to remove the husk carefully by hand, without damaging the cambium.



The removed layer can be put for several days in a glas of water, until the roots grew several milimeters, it is also possible and a good way when removing the layer from the plant, to keep a part of the shaft (for stabilizing the layer) and pot the layer directly in the soil.

 The glas-of-water-method:
the layer can be put on hydroculture, (that works pretty well), but if soil is preferred, it should be potted when the roots are 2-3 mm. (App. 0.10 inch)
The potting soil has to be of good quality.
To prevend fainting, the layer should be sustained by putting on both sides two wooden chop sticks (f.i. barbeque sticks).
As soon as the first leaf appears, the "walking" has ended for this plant.