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PLANT REGISTRATIONS

New Official Cultivar Names It has recently come to my attention that there is still some confusion about plant registration as well as the benefits of registering new plant cultivar names. This article will aim to clear up this confusion by explaining the registration process and clarifying the role of plant registrars. The IWGS serves…

Growing Australian Waterlilies – Rich Sacher

Rich Sacher’s keynote address at the 2019 IWGS Symposium in Le Temple-sur-Lot, France.  The keynote address is presented in 4 languages: English Chinese French Spanish

Saving Tropical Lily Tubers with Rot

How to save and over winter any tropical tuber which is rotting (read more)

To Bloom or To Tuber?

Ever wonder how to get a tropical water lily to tuber vs bloom? (read more)

Sprouting Lotus Seeds

File, sand, or nick the seeds so water can easily penetrate. Carefully go through the outer layer to the cream-colored inside.   Sand either the side or rounded end, however doing the end helps it sprout faster. Carefully observe what’s happening with a clear container, such as a plastic cup or soda bottle. Add the seeds and hot, but…

Water Snowflake

Water snowflake (Nymphoides spp.) is part of a large family of what are commonly called waterlily-like plants because their leaves float at the surface of the water while the roots are anchored in soil below – much like the habit of a waterlily. The plant is constantly reproducing, spreading runners out along the surface of…

Wanvisa Best New waterlily 2010

A hardy waterlily was named Best New Waterlily for 2010, acing out 30 other entrants in the competition sponsored by the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society (IWGS).  Nymphaea ‘Wanvisa’ is the first hardy variety to be named ‘Best in Pond’ since the competition began in 1997.      Dr. Nopchai Chansilpa of Thailand, a waterlily hybridizer,…

Planting Your Pond: Design Considerations

You’ve seen the house before. The one that sits in the middle of the block looking like it stepped outside with no clothes. Trees haven’t been planted so there’s no leafy fringe to shade it from the sun. It’s void of any landscaping that helps tie the home to the yard. It just … sits…

Easy Steps to Plant a Potted Waterlily

Waterlilies come in a variety of colors and are easy to grow, making them a favorite choice among water gardeners. If you’d love to try your hand at growing these beauties but don’t have a pond yet, you can grow them in a water-tight container and place them anywhere in your landscape – although they…

Marsh Marigold

Caltha palustris What does a beautiful, water-loving flowering plant in the Buttercup family have in common with a 1958 horror movie starring Steve McQueen and one of Shakespeare’s plays? Stay tuned… Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) is one of the most cheerful native plants to adorn the edges of a pond or to grace rock crevices…

Knock-Out Water Lilies

To grow knock-out, show-quality water lilies in your pond, only three cultural requirements are necessary: Full Sun – This means at least seven or more hours of unobstructed sunlight per day. While some varieties will tolerate less and still bloom to a degree, full sunlight is a mandatory requirement for truly awesome plants. Adequately Sized…

Horsetail

Horsetail is a magnificent aquatic plant to add along the edge of your pond. Its botanical name, Equisetum, translates to equis (horse) and setrum (tail). The plant is easily identified by its coarse, jointed, and hollow stems. Kids love to pull the stems apart at the joints, and the pieces can be used as beads…