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An update on Victoria!


So much can change within a week at the Botanic Garden it can make your head spin. When I spoke to Penny about the giant water lily, she informed me that she wasn't going to be trying to germinate Victoria seeds yet as they didn't have the facilities. However, within a week, that has all changed. Penny received some seeds from Oxford and is currently putting together the pot and water heater she will need to keep the seeds at a balmy 30oC to germinate. Along with that, the Paignton Zoo has managed to overwinter a small plant, which is a Victoria Longwood hybrid that they are giving to the Botanic Garden along with some young germinated Victoria cruziana. Suddenly, Penny has gone from having no seeds to having seeds, young plants and old plants...it’s lily overload!

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