Title: Share your sucess story here!
frogman3 - July 26, 2011 01:06 AM (GMT)
Everyone by now should have something happening around the pond they are excided about to share. If you haven't then get out there and do it. :bounce:
The only one that gets a pass is Don since he designed and help install Denny's pond this spring. :happyhappy:
Since I started this and my name is Frogman one guess what my first story is about, frogs of course. Two Saturday's this month my frogs spawned the 9th and the 16th. Must be date night. hummmm Well I now have dispite a storm that drove the first spawn to the bottom of the pond mucho tad poles munching away at the algae around the pond. This in my little world is the best thing since sliced bread. :happyhappy: Love my frogs I do. :bounce:
Its Just Don - July 26, 2011 03:55 PM (GMT)
I've witnessed two turtles laying eggs. I put my baby turtles in the pond and they seem to be thriving. I'm with turtles as Tom is with frogs.
tlc - July 26, 2011 04:17 PM (GMT)
Ok, I'll go next. The thing that I'm excited about most around the pond this year has to be the lotus. The fact that I have leaves now raised above the water is a step closer to the finish line. I'm always excited about the new birds that come to the pond too.
Good thread Froggy. Way to go! :thumbup:
anitapond - July 26, 2011 10:09 PM (GMT)
Although I've had a devastating event this season, my success story is similiar to T's in that my Black Magic Taro is thriving this year. After 3 years in the pond and overwintering it in the house, it has about 15 leaves now and looks just beautiful. It has also sent out baby plants. The most leaves I've ever had at one time in the past was 3!
In response to Froggy's success: The reason I took the net off of the pond prior to the raccoon attack was because I kept finding frogs on top of the net, and it just broke my heart that they couldn't get in or out.
frogman3 - July 28, 2011 01:32 AM (GMT)
I have been working on this project since early spring when I ordered two tropical tubers from another ponder for ten bucks,there names are Pamela and Albert Greenburg. The following pictures are all of Albert. Never attempted this before I always bought a full sized expensive plant from the nursery.
This is on 6/22 after it floated in a zip lock bag in my aquarium for weeks, then in a oil pan out side with a heater to keep the temperature at least 70 degrees for two weeks. You can see the tiny leaves growing out the top with roots. Once you determine it's possible to pinch off the little plant with some roots that's just what you do, and plant it in a small cup. I used a peat pot.
This one is not ready to be pinched the first one I had removed was growing fine till some nasty little worms that attach them selves to the bottom of the leaves destroyed the tiny plant leaves, so I had to wait for another to grow but since It was June 22nd I just planted the tuber as is but you can just keep growing and removing the plant-lets if you so desire.
This shot is about one week later. As you can see I have it in a tub elevated so it's exposed to as much sun as possible. As the tiny plant grew I added bits of plant spikes to stimulate growth. As the plant grew I added larger pieces. More to come.
frogman3 - July 28, 2011 01:46 AM (GMT)
Taken 7-14-11 Has been sitting at the bottom of the container since it was gettin big.
Taken 7-14 also. Pulled it up so you could see it has some buds showing. Time to go in the pond!
More to follow!!!!
frogman3 - July 28, 2011 01:54 AM (GMT)
Here it is on 7-27-11 It already had bloomed twice but I was not able to catch it although from the looks of them they were not too impressive in size.
Notice the pads.... dinner plate size.
43freckleface - July 28, 2011 02:01 AM (GMT)
Just beautiful....they are absolutely stunning !!!
You sure have a green thumb or a wet thumb. Great job.
tlc - July 28, 2011 02:49 PM (GMT)
I would say that is a huge success story Froggy! :bounce:
I love the pads on that lily! Beautiful and not one aphid!!
Did you ever remove the peat pot or just let'er go?
He does have a "wet thumb". :)
frogman3 - July 28, 2011 06:49 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (tlc @ Jul 28 2011, 06:49 AM)|
Did you ever remove the peat pot or just let'er go?
Just let it rip!
After the season is over which is much longer for a tropical than a hardy you can unpot and harvest the tuber, store in damp sand, zip lock bag and store in the basement and start it all over next spring.
I really wanted to document this so anyone could see it is very doable to start these trops and bring them to blooming in nothern zones. Pamela is two weeks behind Albert but I have two plants to work with.
tlc - July 28, 2011 08:40 PM (GMT)
I would be interested to see how this story plays out and it you were able to overwinter. I've read that you have to roll the trop in some antifungal stuff and I've also read that you don't. :noclue:
anitapond - July 30, 2011 07:11 PM (GMT)
I must say that lily is the most amazing one I've ever seen. The colors of the flower and the pads, but especially the jagged edges of the pads. Too bad it's a tropical, but most of the extraordinary ones are. You did a marvelous job growing that beauty!
anitapond - August 1, 2011 11:06 PM (GMT)
Froggy, I'm really interested in your opinion on tropical lilies vs. hardies. If you could grow only 1 variety, which would it be? The tropical or hardy, and why? Also, how easy (or hard) is it to overwinter your tropicals?
frogman3 - August 2, 2011 02:06 AM (GMT)
This is my favorite Pamela a tropical. Mainly cause Lt blue is my favorite color. This is from 2009. The pads on most trops are more interesting also.
Since I have never tried to overwinter tubers before I guess we will see.
Living where I do I can't see waiting till this late in the season for blooms so Hardies will always have a place in my ponds. I have my eye on some new hardy lilies in development that are not for sale as of yet. Variety as they say is the spice of life.
tlc - August 3, 2011 08:21 PM (GMT)
Here is mine. :woohoo:
frogman3 - August 4, 2011 02:54 AM (GMT)
phpong - August 16, 2011 03:04 PM (GMT)
I winter over my tropical lilies every winter . And 95% of my tropicals I grow from tubers. Frogman you can do it. Good luck to you.