Isn't this a wonderful bloom. Pic shows first, second, and third day blooms. Look at how the white stamens form a star in center of lily. Profuse bloomer also. This is a young plant. Wonder what it will do for me next year. LOL. Hope you enjoy the pic.
Star of Siam Tropical Water lily Picture
Billy, that is awesome! And judging by the leaves, a tropical right? LOL Been learning about water plants.
Yes it is very tropical. Have to take in tuber during the winter. This is my first year at watergardening and I have collected over 30 varities of Tropicals, over 30 varities of Hardies, and 20 varities of Lotus. It is going to be a interesting fall/winter for us. Have to find room to store all these tropicals and lotus that I have collected. Thank god the hardies can stay in pond over winter. Lotus could have, but I am growing them outside of pond in pots. So pray for me. I need it. LOL.
My goodness! How big is your pond? 5000-10,000 gls? That is a gorgeous flower!
I just read that Lotus will do fine outdoors in a pot that is sunk up to the rim. I will have to find that again and post it. The site said they are hardy in 6. Now, before I stick both feet in my mouth, are there two types of Lotus? lol
Well, here I am again. I am thinking there is Lotus and Chinese Lotus, but it has been awhile since I grew them. Here is the site I was talking about anyway. :) http://www.springdalewatergardens.com/plants/lotus.html
There are just 2 recognized species of the genus Nelumbo (Lotus): N. Lutea (Willdenow) persoon, the native American Species, and N. Nucifera Gaertner, native to the orient, the philippines, north Australia, Egypt and the Volga River Delta at the Caspian Sea in Russia.
But in these 2 species, there are tons of different Varities. Both Hardy and Tropical. I have both varities. They also come in all sizes. From Bowl Lotus to Giant Lotus. So lotus can be for anysize pond or pot.
Billy, I'm in zone 7b and I have some pots that are sunk about 1/3 of the way in the ground. I think they're about equal to a 20 gallon, maybe 15. anyway, I kept lotus in them last year.
That tropical is very pretty and apparently a very good bloomer. Am I the only ponder that hasn't tried a lotus? Well, guess what I'm getting next year. lol "T" :)
Hey Mama T, I grew them from seed 3-4 years ago when I had my first small water garden. It was not that hard. The mistake I made, was trying to winter them over in an aquarium. Maybe you can get seeds?? They make tubers fairly quickly.
You're talking lotus right?? "T" :)
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Awsome picture and love that color BLUE.
Where are you finding these plants to purchase for your water garden or gardens?
I'm sure that they wouldn't be hardy here in zone 4, but could they be wintered over dry and covered in fruit cellar that is kept cold and dark?
I winter over my other water lilies that way, keeping them covered with black plastic so no light reaches them.
Billy that is a beautiful Blue lily. I have a purple tropical water lily that is taking over my pond..sure wished some folks in the Biloxi area would come and get a few.
What is the name of the blue lily that is taking over your pond?
I purchase plants all over the web and from a guy in Hawaii. I am going to over winter my tropicals by taking the corns and cutting the leaves off and roots and storing them in coffee cans in moist sand this winter. Will put them in my closet or laundry room that does get to warm but not freezing. replant them this spring after danger of frost.
I have no idea what the name of the purple lily is all I know is that it is growing like crazy.