Our Adventure With Victoria 2003
A downside of this though was that several plants actually overgrew so early in the season that we didn't recognize what was happening. We lost them mid-summer but replaced them with other vigorous plants, giving us a staggered season, something else we will continue to look at.
We grew 14 plants to adulthood, two of which didn't flower
and another which bloomed only briefly. This made us realize
that some ponds in which we have grown Victoria in the
past had become too shady for them to thrive and bloom through
the whole season. They require more than six hours of full sun
to perform well.
Even without the 50 plus flowers that 'Longwood Hybrid' usually contributes to our total, we had 248 flowers. Seed production reached an all time high (44,000+) even though we cut off all flowers that would have produced F2 seeds and our yield per pod increased dramatically (258 up from 215). We attribute this to continued use of the Cocktail in combination with Pondtabbs as our nutrient package, addressed in more depth in Roots Again - Incentive To Use The Cocktail.
We were able to achieve our goal of crossing several Paraguayan cruzianas, growing one from collection lake 1 and two from collection lake 2. Having already made an enormous number of 'Longwood Hybrid' seeds, we were able to concentrate our efforts on these intra-species crosses when the two plants from lake 2 came to flower. Certain habits and patterns of the Paraguayans have led us to again explore cruziana separately in Will The Real cruziana Please Stand Up.
Without question, the highlight of the year was finding the final element in seedling survival. We had and still have babies everywhere! See Breakthrough!