Nymphaea 'Laydekeri Fulgens'
Illinois-Aquascape, Inc. Aqualand “pond” USDA Zone 5
4 years old from single division, prior to this planting, plant was still in original 16"x7" pot, full sun,
24”x10” planting pocket made by scooping out gravel substrate to make a large “bowl” which was then filled with native topsoil, 13x3 Nutricote w/minors (type 180) and 10 each 5 gram “starter” fertilizer tablets of uncertain manufacture (type 180 Nutricote takes almost 3 weeks to start releasing nutrients),
screened northern Illinois topsoil*, 22" water depth

Up to 30 blooms at once have been observed on this plant since it’s been residing in the Aquascape pond starting in Summer 2008. The size, vigor, and robustness of this particular specimen caused several IWGS Society members to question whether it was really N. 'Laydekeri Fulgens', but its provenance was already known and has been verified.

*Illinois traces its rich farmland to glaciers that covered much of the region before they began retreating about 12,000 years ago. The mammoth sheet of ice protected the ground beneath it, essentially making it at least 15,000 years younger than land farther south that remained exposed during the glacier era, soil experts say. As the ice melted, strong winds handed the land another jolt of fertility. Massive dust storms spread mineral-rich river basin soil more than 100 miles, laying a fertile layer of topsoil ideal for corn and soybeans. Illinois got yet another boost because glaciers killed off the state's one-time woodland terrain and replaced it with prairie grasses, which feed even more crop-friendly nutrients into the soil.
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/news/thisweek/2005/030205/ildirt.html

Photo by Steve Stroupe

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