Neomarica longifolia

Trimezia fosteriana

An expert from the Sao Paulo university has with help of my pictures determined, that these plants, bought under the name Neomarica longifolia, are clearly the Trimeza fosteriana and aren't from Brazil. The clearest difference is, that the pedicels of the Neomaricas are flat, those of the T. fosteriana are round. However, just as with the Neomaricas, after the blooming, seedlings are developed from the blossoms.

In spring 2005 we got 6 layers from this species and we waited eagerly for the first blooms.

All plants grew up fine and reached soon a height of 50 cm. (App.  1.6 ft).

In August of that year this happened:
Elegant formed flowering stems appeared.

In the morning of september 3rd the first bud showed up.
It was opened that same day and became an elegant bloom.

Since then all our T. fosterianas  had their blooming cycli and developed layers, which are offered on this site, when available.

Trimezias are somewhat delicate in respect of cultivation of new plantlets. Here a short description:

It is important that the "baby" is really ripe to exist by itself, a minimum length of 15 cm (6") seems to be necessary. Then it can be cut off with a little rest of the stem.

When removing the small husks sometimes the stalk breaks off. That's no problem because it is only used to fix the plantlet upright - two wooden sticks do the same.

The yellow tubercles show where the roots will grow.

You can plant it at once, but it is recommended to place it into water for some days to prove that the roots start growing. Then it can be planted in normal soil.