Can I Grow a Walking Iris as a Houseplant?

Can I grow a Walking Iris as a houseplant? I love the plant but our outdoor growing season is really short and my Iris plants get cold damage all of the time.


Lavendar petals on Walking Iris Plant
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I know lots of people who grow Walking Iris as houseplants. I like this “Regina” variety. The flowers are large, beautiful, and fragrant. It’s easy to grow and easy to propagate. They bloom from summer to spring and sometimes even longer. If you grow it as indoor plant, be sure it gets plenty of very bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.. The soil should be moist but not soggy and drain well. Place one bulb per 6″ pot for best result.