Peat Works

By Kit Knotts - Click images to enlarge

Victoria is not an easy plant to grow in the early going, from seed to juvenile plant. It has taken a great deal of experimentation and brainstorming by a lot of people for a number of years to arrive at a formula for success that can be achieved by anyone that wants to grow the queen of aquatic plants.

 The Absolute Essentials
Water that is 85F (29C) or higher for starting seeds and growing young seedlings
Nicking of seeds of certain varieties
Regular water exchanges or a small flow through the aquarium or tank
Good light and good air circulation
Pots or cups with holes in the bottom
A bland planting medium with a small amount of peat at the bottom of the pots
A nutrient package given weakly weekly, preferably the Cocktail 

We credit Craig Presnell with providing the final piece of the puzzle, peat. Since we began putting a small amount of it in the bottom of our cups and pots as he does, our seedling survival rate (of those planted with hastate leaves and roots) has gone from too abysmal to give numbers to 80%. This is for more than 200 seedlings and across the board - species and hybrids at almost equal rates.



Victoria babies grown with peat, November 2003

Peat works. It must be used in combination with the other Absolute Essentials above but it is the key to success.

April 2004 Update -
Reports from growers following this program exactly report live, healthy plants. Growers NOT following the program exactly report dead or dying plants.

Victoria Cultivation

 Page 1 - Storing Seeds, Starting Seeds, "Nicking"

Page 2 - Setup For Seedlings, Planting Seedlings

Page 3 - Floating Leaf Stage, Feeding Seedlings, Potting Larger

Page 4 - Final Planting, Nutrients, Potential Problems

Within The Victoria Section . . .

 Introduction to Victoria

 Victoria's History

 Index to

Image Galleries

Identification of Varieties


 Gardens That Display Victoria



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