water lily

garyfla_gw(10 Florida)June 23, 2013

Hi
had to show a pic of "Blue Goddess " Loves the heat gary

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shear_stupidity(9B)

Beautiful, Gary! How old is the plant? (And how many are we seeing in this pic? I'm considering a small water garden, but can't decide whether I want-slash-need the extra work! LOL!

Thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 3:09PM
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morningloree(9b)

Very nice, I started a small water garden. I have Dauben, a smaller tropical water Lilly. To me, it seems exotic to grow these in the yard. Your lillies are beyoootiful!

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 8:42PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Hi
That is one plant maintained in a 4 gallon pot. In March after reworking the pool and maintained in shade it had 3 two inch pads . Has completely covered the surface of the 5x8 above ground . The variety is actually too big for such a small pond but I love the blue color ,size and aroma of the flowers. Only time it goes out of flower is winter and then only if it drops below 40 The original plant was first started in 1981. i guess you'd say it's hardy?? lol
looking for some giant Asian lotus for the corner may be too big but the flowers and foliage are fantastic got to give it a try!!! gary

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 4:39AM
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KaraLynn(z9 FL, Inverness, Citrus)

Simply gorgeous!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 11:47AM
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sultry_jasmine_nights (Florida 9a)

I love the blue color of your water lily. It almost glows :) Is that one viparious?
I started some in black trash containers one year. They even got a little afternoon shade and still did well. I camouflaged the trash containers with potted plants like colocasias etc.
This is Red Flare (tropical night bloomer)

Panama Pacific (tropical day bloomer)

Yellow (hardy - forget the name)

You can also do lotus in containers as well. I have done all kinds of varieties even the ones that say they need a large pond lol. The only thing is, you will need to divide or thin out the more aggressive growers more often.

~Here is a bunch of containers that I grew lotus in -different sizes. I tried to put the smaller growers in the really shallow pots. This is when I first started the lotus in the pots.

Lotus Blooms later


    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 1:26PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Hi
love the pads and flowers on Lotus Ever notice how they "dance" when it rains ?? Those seem to be slocum hybrids?? the asian specie gets 12 feet tall with 3 foot pads
can I ask where you got your tubers?? i found some asians at Texas water gardens but they won't ship after May thanks gary

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 3:53AM
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wallisadi

Congrats on being the GW facebook pic!!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 4:53PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

wallisadi
not sure what that means ?? I avoid all things computer my wife is quite active on" facebook " though is this something different?? gary

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 3:57AM
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shear_stupidity(9B)

Gary, your photo was Garden Web's Facebook page photo of the day on Friday.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 6:50AM
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Dr.Nature

What's really amazing is Gary's picture was taken on a day that hasn't even arrived yet!

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 7:31AM
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wallisadi

Not so unusual, my watch says it's the 16th, my clock in the truck says it's 3 pm, ..........:)

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 8:57AM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

hi
Well that's a great honor!!
Dr. nature All my timers were messed up after the "end of time last year . In fact i think the 20th month has been canceled?? lol Thanks gary

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 3:05AM
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sultry_jasmine_nights (Florida 9a)

I got some of my tubers from ebay (different sellers) about 4 yrs ago and some I got from gardening friends. I think the reason they don't ship after the plant comes out of dormancy is so that the tubers don't 'drown' when they cut them. You are only supposed to divide the tubers after the leaves have turned brown and it has went dormant.
~Lyn

Here is a link that might be useful: dividing lotus tubers

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 4:57PM
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