Iris reticulata (Netted iris) is a dwarf, bulbous perennial, flowering plant to 15cm in height. It has narrow, stiffy erect leaves and fragrant, deep violet-purple flowers 8cm in width, each fall marked with a central yellow ridge from late winter to early spring.
Species: I. reticulata
Scientific Name: Iris reticulata
Synonyms: Iridodictyum hyrcanum, Iridodictyum reticulatum, Iris histrio var. atropurpurea, Iris hyrcana, Iris reticulata var. atropurpurea, Iris reticulata var. cyanea, Neubeckia reticulata, Xiphion krelagii, Xiphion reticulatum.
Common Names: Netted iris or Golden netted iris.
How to grow and maintain Iris reticulata (Netted iris):
It thrives best in full sun to partial shade.
It prefers to grow in a rich, organic, well-drained, relatively dry soil in the summer is necessary for bulbs to set buds for the next year.
It prefers average room humidity.
It grows best in cool to average 60°F – 65°F / 10°C – 18°C.
Water regularly and moderately. Keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. Soggy soil will cause bulbs to rot. Do not water in the summer during the dormancy period.
Fertilize every month with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half from planting until the start of blooming. Do not fertilize while plants are in bloom.
It can be propagated by bulbs. Irises cannot be forced a second time indoors. If you want to keep them, allow the foliage to die back naturally, cut off the stems, then store the bulbs in a cool, dry place. Plant the bulbs in a sunny site with well-drained soil in the fall.
Pests and Diseases:
It has no serious pest and disease problems but susceptible to Fusarium basal rot.