Victoria at the
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Behind The Scenes
by Pat Clifford, Senior Horticulturist
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We removed this plant in the middle of December
2004, which was quite extraordinary considering we had no supplementary
lighting. This is the longest they have survived as we would
normally be removing them the beginning of October.
This is the pond drained down in early March
which allows us to re-soil the Victoria tubs.
We usually go in to tidy up the Victorias
a minimum of twice a week.
On this day, we took out six fully
grown leaves to allow some room for the newer leaves to develop.
< We used to have problems with aphids
but now we use a biological control.
It is a predatory midge called
Aphidoletes aphidomyza whose larvae feed on aphids. It is 100%
I have an understandably pained expression
feeding Victoria with my home-made fertiliser balls, which I
have to push right under the roots.