Victoria cruziana to a Winter Home
October 2, 2003
After two nights of 60 degree temperatures here in New Orleans, today we moved our Victoria cruziana to the greenhouse to see if we can overwinter it. We have cut all spent flowers off every week...so perhaps it can be fooled into staying in growth thru the winter. This might also test our theory that V. cruziana tends to be more "annual" than V. amazonica or the hybrids. Moving it was quite a job, since it has ten leaves and an eight foot spread!
We had to use three concrete blocks, plus bricks to hold the root system down in the muck on the pond bottom. If the plant stays put, we will dump several pots of fertilized soil over the roots and crown...and see what happens.