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Filtering the Pond with a Bog Garden

A bog is an area that consistently has a water level several inches below the “soil” surface. In nature, bog soils are usually very high in organic materials and low in pH. Traditionally, using semi-permeable liners, ornamental bog gardens have imitated these conditions in order to grow plants that have adapted to these areas, such…

Lotus Care Sheet

Genus Nelumbo; species N. nucifera, N. lutea, and hybrids Lotus are beautiful and surprisingly winter hardy aquatic plants. Here are a few care tips: Light and heat Lotus will handle some shade, especially in warmer climates, but to grow and bloom their best they prefer full sunlight. The main exception is in hot desert climates,…

Growing a Hardy Lotus

Nelumbo nucifera With large, bold leaves standing high above the water, the lotus gives us a midsummer treat, fragrant colorful blossoms sometimes reaching twelve inches across.  The first leaves float on the pond’s surface like a water lily.  As summer approaches, the emerging leaves are held well above the water, setting the stage for the…

Victoria Waterlily Cultural Information

Article supplied TO IWGS by Oregon Aquatics, Inc. and Southwest Aquatics, LLC. Victoria waterlilies are an extraordinary genus of waterlilies native to South America, famous for the huge size of their pads (up to 6 feet in diameter) and the upturned rims on the pads. Victorias are night blooming waterlilies, with large, beautiful blossoms. Usually…

Over-wintering Tropical Waterlilies

When over-wintering tropical waterlilies, you’ll find success with any of the following methods. We’ve successfully used them all, and even other variations of them. Use what you find convenient, or try a couple of different methods and see what works best for you. To maximize their size and bloom, tropical waterlilies should be planted into…

The Classification System

by Steve Stroupe How do plants get named? What’s the difference between scientific and common names? Is there a baby plant name book where proud parents choose names for their new green babies? Plants are named for the same reason people are named; they have feelings and don’t want to be referred to merely as…