Yes Alison I have many
years ago grown nymphaeas in Lilypons tubs and fertilised with Lilypons fertilizer
tablets for nymphaeas. I had good results but the fertilizer tablets
needed to be applied too often and I have a million other plants to look
after. The shallower tubs are good, and similar to the washpans I am
using. Both the washpans and the pig manure are far cheaper than Lilypons products.
firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of STARSELL@aol.com
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2009
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Cyrtosperma
growing media suggestions...
I have grow water lilies and Lotus for
decades using water lily
pots. There are many sizes
available of these from suppliers
Also, while I'm not advising on a medium
for aquatic aroids, I
can confidently report one of the best
media for Nymphaea or
Lotus is the heavy red clay soil of the
US Southeast. Also, the
muck in the pond is called muck and made
up of more than the
fish waste ... the roots of my plants
love it as well when it has
We cover the top of the clay soil in the
pots with gravel. The aroids
along the margins thrive in this.
Have you tried these water gardening
techniques and have you
read any of the information from
In a message dated 10/15/2009 12:30:00
A.M. Central Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
I have had very varied success with Nymphaeas. The books say
large containers with no holes and NO animal manure; only good topsoil.
Then you have to keep giving fertilizer (the Nymphaea fertilizer is EXPENSIVE)
or the plants start decreasing in size.
But I observed that a yellow nymphaea which had grown over the edge
of the pot, had sent roots spreading in all directions in the gunk on the
concrete floor of the pond (largely fish excrement). And the lily went
wild! Huge leaves and flowers.
So I started putting nymphaeas in fairly wide, but very shallow
plastic containers, reasoning that the roots like the aeration on the surface
of the soil medium. I use cat litter trays or shallow “wash
pans” (pre-washing machine). In the bottom I put 4 inches of
well-rotted pig manure, topped by 4 inches of loam. I plant the nymphaea
in the centre and cover the loam with sand. Then I gently submerge the
container in the 18 inch deep pond, but not keeping the crown 6 to 8
inches below the water surface, as the books tell you to do.