I was privileged to have a chance to visit Dr. Wasuwat's house
January 22, 2005, during a short trip to Thailand. Although
the temperature ranged 77 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit, it was winter-time
there and most tropical lilies at the aquatic plants farms I
visited were dormant. But many lilies at Dr. Wasuwat's were
showing off their dazzling colors as if they were keen on rewarding
a foreign pilgrim from a freezing-cold country (Korea) several
hours' flight away.
Dr. Wasuwat's waterlily farm is comprised of some hundred
square feet of Victoria pond and several hundred various sized
containers. In total, they have over 200 varieties of tropical
lilies and some sixty-plus hardies. Dr. Wasuwat in his prime
introduced quite a number of new lilies, including 'Choolarp',
'Dang Jiew', 'Dao Fah', 'Fah Takhun', 'Gulyanee', 'Larpchaiyaporn',
'Larp Prasert', 'Luang Ganjana', 'Luang Thong', 'Maeploi', 'Nang
Kwak', 'Piyalarp', 'Ply', 'Praow', 'Wiboonlak', 'Yonglarp', etc.
The cultivar 'Primlarp' was hybridized by him and named for his
daughter. According to Primlarp, they are continuing to create
new hybrids and are experimenting with the optimal conditions
for different lilies.