Without a doubt the queen of the water plants at Samaan Grove
is Victoria amazonica. It took many years of research
to track down a source of supply. The first plant was imported
from a nursery in the US and arrived via air freight in good
shape. However, our plant quarantine division did not accept
the documentation supplied and had the plant dipped in an insecticide
which dissolved it instantly.
Eventually our internet searches turned up the Victoria-Adventure
web site and we were able to source seeds from Kit and Ben Knotts
in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Kit took the time to teach us how to
propagate this wonderful species and we have been friends ever
since. There were many challenges in getting Victoria
to grow but we did eventually succeed.