last summer my U. nelumbifolia and U. reniformis were flowering profusely and I could not resist the temptation to cross these species. All pollinated flowers produced seeds generously. I sowed them directly in water:
The seeds germinated within several hours and a few more hours later the seedlings looked like that:
I spread around a good part of the seedlings and started 3 pots myself which I placed into different setups. One got a spot in a tank in my living room, where it spend the whole winter. In spring I planted the youngsters into a larger pot. This one showed already two flower stalks which reached about 1-2 cm before dying back.
Fortunately, in early summer another two flower stalks appeared which developed quickly. The plant started to flower a few weeks ago. The flower stalks are very flexible (like its seed parent U. nelumbifolia) which makes it very difficult to take some decent pictures as the flower stalk is always in motion.
In the other pots so far no flower stalks are visible.
I hope you like this one!
Edited by Dieter, 08 August 2009 - 15:31 PM.