Red (possibly a form of N. lotus). Like the
white, the flower opens early in the evening and will stay open
until the following morning. It grows from tuber and is easy
to propagate. When my staff brought a number of large plants
from Trinidad, we had a great deal of difficulty preventing them
from floating up. Eventually we devised a system using bent rebar
to hold the plants underwater until the roots took hold. During
that time a number of them still managed to float.
To our amazement we realized that each root stock was made
up of multitudes of small root balls that could be broken off
from the main plant. We were able to get about 50 plants from
the first large root ball which we planted at the edge of the
lakes. In a few months we had massive plants with leaves measuring
over 50 centimetres (20 inches) in diameter. We got this growth
because we supplemented each plant with pond tabs. It was amazing
to see the effectiveness of these great fertilizer tablets. Once
the plants settled we decided to discontinue the use of the tablets
to see how they would acclimatize in their new conditions. Not
surprisingly there was a die-off in the following year. These
ponds are lined with clay which has very little natural nutrient.
The plants flourished in places where fresh water enters the
pond, bringing with it new silt that contained nutrients.
This has proven to be one of the easiest plants to propagate
by simply planting these root balls anywhere we want a lily to
grow. In fact we had so many root balls we started throwing them
in different parts of the lakes. Not surprisingly they established
everywhere we threw them.