Care Of Romulea Plants – How To Grow A Romulea Iris

By: Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

For many gardeners, one of the most rewarding aspects ofgrowing flowers is the process of seeking out more rare and interesting plant varieties.Although more common flowers are just as beautiful, growers who wish toestablish impressive plant collections delight in the growth of more unique,difficult-to-find bulbs and perennials. Romulea, for example, can be a highlyprized addition to spring and summer flowering gardens.

Romulea Iris Info

Romulea flowers are members of the Iris (Iridaceae) family. Andalthough they may be members of the family and commonly referred to as an iris,the flowers of Romulea plants resemble that of crocus blooms.

Coming in a wide range of colors, these small flowers bloomvery low to the ground. Due to their bloom habit, Romulea flowers lookbeautiful when planted together in large masses.

How to Grow a Romulea Iris

Like many lesser known flowers, locating Romulea plants maybe very difficult at local plant nurseries and online. Luckily for its growers,many types of Romulea are easy to start from seed.

First and foremost, you will need to do some preliminaryresearch regarding the type of Romulea you’re wishing to grow. While some typesare not able to withstand the cold, other varieties thrive as fall and wintergrown species.

When growing Romuleas, seed should be planted in startingtrays of soilless seed starting mix. While most types will germinate within several weeks, thegermination rate may increase if growers are able to fluctuate between periodsof warmer and cooler temperatures. In general, germination should take nolonger than about 6 weeks.

Growing Romuleas is a relatively easy process, but they dorequire some special care. Like many spring blooming flowers, Romulea plantswill require a dry period of dormancy in the summer. This will allow plants toprepare for the upcoming winter and store needed energy for the next season’sbloom period.

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Common Pests and Diseases

The iris borer is the most serious insect pest of irises. In the spring, caterpillars hatch and tunnel through leaves, reaching the rhizome by summer. Feeding tunnels allow the rhizome to become infected with bacterial rot, compounding the damage. Remove all iris leaves after frost to remove caterpillar eggs, as well. Where rhizomes are penetrated by worms, dig them up, cut away soft, infested portions, and replant the pieces. This is a good time to propagate your irises by division.

Major disease problems include bacterial soft rot, crown rot fungus, and fungal leaf spot. Mottling of leaves and flowers suggests the presence of mosaic virus. Affected plant material should be removed and destroyed (not placed in compost).

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