Mammoth Victoria cruziana
by François van Avondt, Zutendaal,
Images by Koen Geurts - Click to enlarge
The start of the Victoria season here in Belgium was
not good. First, sprouting of the seeds went wrong. My own seeds
didn't want to sprout and, from the seeds that I received from
Kit and Ben Knotts, only two sprouted. But after the first leaves
reached the surface of the water, they rotted.
In January and February, the pond was emptied and cleaned.
The large bucket (1 metre² [3 feet²]) for the Victoria
was filled with earth and old fertilizer from horses. During
this process, the greenhouse was still unheated and the pond
was dry. We had several nights which were very cold. It froze
-3 to -5 °C (26 to 23 °F)!!!
^ Waterlilies in the greenhouse V