miniature water lilies and bowl lotuses

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miniature water lilies and bowl lotuses

Unread postby discusfav » Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:34 am

does anyone on the forum have these or know of anybody who stocks them?some images please.
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Re: miniature water lilies and bowl lotuses

Unread postby SCORPIO » Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:57 am

Do you need lilies for your Discus tank or for pond? I can arrange some banana lilies from a hobbyist pond for you. In last meet, one guy bring some red lilies to give away in the meet.
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Re: miniature water lilies and bowl lotuses

Unread postby Romi » Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:29 pm

nyphaea Daubenyana is an excellent dwarf. it tailors it size to big or small tanks. it is all over google, sold for tanks as well as ponds.

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Re: miniature water lilies and bowl lotuses

Unread postby discusfav » Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:06 pm

rajiv-lilies are for new water container gardens.they are special hybrids with flowers and leaves that are 1-2" in diameter for small container ponds.
romi-thanks,will definitely check it out.any suppliers/hobbyists having them in ncr?

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Re: miniature water lilies and bowl lotuses

Unread postby Romi » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:15 am

i know about nyphaea Daubenyana from western web portals where it is praised highly, not only as a beautiful flower, but also as a low-light tolerant submersed leaf plant in an aquarium. the only person i found in the indian subcontinent who had this lily was in Lahore, i think.

i think, like all imported plants, these lilies are also available at random in plant nurseries, but the process of import is by cargo ship, and a function of many obscure variables. this makes it difficult for even the sellers to be able to say what they will get since they are just one cog in a big wheel.

if u are determined, and have a person in the US who is willing to help, i can tell u a website that sells the real thing. it is an old aquatic plant seller. this lily is popular all across the US and UK, at least. Since few indians can afford spaces in cities, the elite is also cramped, old families that grew up with large gardens and ponds are disappearing, it no longer pays for an entrepreneur to import specific species like dwarf lilies. they would rather sell for ordinary ponds, not miniature ones like yours. But like you, i can see a great use for them. I think there can be a massive future market for them. Small ponds that everyone could have in their front yard, only slightly larger than a large pot, yet full of the staggering beauty of a lotus/lily. Divine...... 8-)

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Re: miniature water lilies and bowl lotuses

Unread postby discusfav » Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:00 pm

romi-people all over the world are doing tabletop bowl arrangements with miniature lilies.bowl lotuses are good for apartment balconies,verandas,and patios,driveways and indoors.
i saw a beautiful spotted leopard lily which is viviparous(growing baby plants on leaves) bright green leaves with maroon blotches on it,in mumbai,saw it only twice in two years,bought plantlets both times,didnt survive.

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Re: miniature water lilies and bowl lotuses

Unread postby Romi » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:50 am

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The idea you have now, i got around 2 years ago. I was hugely enthusiastic like i suppose you are now, looking at the endless containers that would be suitable, especially terracotta since that is so uniquely ethnic Indian. But NCR does not have that critical mass of like-minded people who have the background in love for plants and eaesthetics to form a customer base. This is important for plant sellers who offer dwarf lilies for sale. Maybe i don't have such people in my circle now, but if i can reach out better, we could order from abroad or get a friend returning to bring us a few lily bulbs, i would be glad to pay my share...

When i was a kid, cousins sisters of mine and i used to sit around a dining table, wondering how good a small lotus would look growing in my Nani's large serving dish, bang in the middle of the table. ha ha. Kids can be precocious... but they were in college then, i think. I used to think, we could give it all the light it would need with a table lamp! :P That cousin is no more, bless you Indu didi. I am no closer to finding that dwarf lily now than i was then.... sigh.

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Re: miniature water lilies and bowl lotuses

Unread postby SCORPIO » Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:35 pm

I am also interested in such type of miniature flowering lilies.
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Re: miniature water lilies and bowl lotuses

Unread postby mats » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:50 pm

Hi guys
The same are available with a nursery somewhere near nainital. Will give the details soon. And if anyone is interested I think I can give one bulb to the anyone who wishes to pick it from my house for free.
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Re: miniature water lilies and bowl lotuses

Unread postby Romi » Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:07 am

now i have one more reason for meeting up, kuldeep!

lilies need good light and a fertile substrate. u can use ordinary manure. please keep them going till u hand a plant over :)