In this post we will share an example of an tropical water lily that has been grown using “bonsai” techniques.
The Guinea Pig
We selected Nymphaea ‘Foxfire’. It is our best-selling tropical water lily.
- Tub holds 11 gallons and is only 7″ deep.
- Water temperature is about 80 degrees F.
- Foxfire tuber was planted in sand in a quart pot.
- Fertilized with a half a teaspoon of Osmocote Classic.
At week 1, the tuber sprouts. By week 2, there are a handful of tiny floating pads. By week 3, the pads are gaining size. By week 4, the Foxfire plant sends up its first bud.
This technique could be particularly useful to water gardeners who have a limited space. An example could be growing a tropical water lily in a container water garden.