A chance meeting with Horticulturist Tim McColgan,
when Rich Sacher, Kevin Joyce and I stopped in to see the magnificent
conservatories at Orlando's Gaylord Palms Resort, led to a fascinating
experiment with Victoria. "Everglades", the conservatory
designed after its namesake swamp, features lush tropical plants,
including aquatics in the lovely central pond. We asked Tim to
consider putting a Victoria in the pond.
There were several obstacles to overcome.
The water was cold for Victoria, kept in the low 70s. The light
was somewhat low for Victoria. We proposed growing a plant to
blooming size in Cocoa Beach, then moving it to Gaylord. We hoped
that, as a young adult, it would tolerate the conditions of the
In late April 2004, we planted two juvenile
'Longwood Hybrids' in 10 gallon Rubbermaid Rough Totes, temporarily
housed in Reflection. We chose that size pot because it could
be moved by four people and it would limit pad size without inhibiting
blooming. The plants grew well but soon had to be moved because
they and the plants installed in Reflection began crowding each
other. They went to Riches where both produced first buds. Crowded
again, the second plant went to another home.