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Tiger Lotus (
Nymphaea lotus 'Zenkeri'
Nymphaea lotus 'Zenkeri'
22 - 30 C
5 - 8
East Africa, Southeast Asia
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I love these plants. beautiful color and nice and low. I disagree with a slow grow time though, mine is growing noticeably every day. Given the right conditions, these things explode.
What are the essential nutrients for this Tiger Lotus? I've had mine for about a year its only got 3-5 quarter size leaves all year long.
I got my lotus as part of the "assorted bulbs" package and in 3 months the leaves are huge. it even sent one up to the surface so I hope it will bloom. 1wpg lighting, no co2 or ferts, just fish.
Mine is in a corner of my 6 gallon and it must have 30 leaves in only 3 months. The irridescent color is beautiful.
Beautiful plant. Got it as a bulb and i have 5 quarter sized leaves already in about 2 weeks. Root tabs, flourish, trace, excel, and medium light have showed very quick growth for me.
My Tiger Lotus grew basal leaves very quickly. Within approx. 4 months, it also grew leaves that floated on the surface, and then sent out a bud. I was able to coax the flower bud through an opening at the side of the tank's top, and it bloomed a beautiful magenta flower outside of the tank. My tank is near a shady window and gets plenty (too much) light. Very cool. It has done this twice now, and I planted it in Feb. 2009.
Beautiful plant. As a long time outdoor water gardener, I can't help chuckling a bit at the moniker "lotus". Nymphaeas are water lilies. True lotus plants are of the genus Nelumbo, and believe me, you don't want them in your indoor tank!
These are beautiful plants. I wouldn't agree with slow growth rate either. Started with a bulb and within weeks the thing was huge! They also reproduce quickly.
my tiger lotus grows so fast..i love it..love the purple leaves too
i love this plant in my 60 gallon tank. this sends floating leaves that can give shade. very nice red colooooor!!!!XD
Planted Tank Guru
the only way this is a foreground plant is if you cut the leaves off right after they start going twards the surface, this should be mid to background, this plant also love high light and lots of fish poo
I have this in my pond, and the leaves are as big as footballs ! can anybody tell with if they flower?
This plant was the centerpiece of my 125.. the leaves were easily the size of my outstretched hand and I was getting new leaves daily... then it mysteriously began to die off, I never figured out why. I was using aquariumplants.com substrate I have heard that the tiger lotus tends to do that in this particular substrate..wierd. You can see how the leaves started to rot in the picture I uploaded (the one with the skunk cory hovering above the plant lol)
Mine took almost a month to start growing(I received it as a bulb) But now its exploding. Every day it has noticeably grown. Its the fastest growing plant I have. In 2 weeks it went from bulb to nearly adult plant. It deals with high light well, as that is what my tank is.
i've planted 3-4 bulbs in my tank,its been about4-5 months and they're as beautiful colorful as i could imagin they would be but my question is does these bulbs continue to put out or do they at some point the nutrient sack rich bulb deplete's its nutrient's and dies off,because a couple bulb's have detatch themselves from the plant and seem to have died off or will it replenish it self w/ nutrients and produce agian. can anyone please reply to this thk u
Planted Tank Obsessed
One of the plants on the top of my favorite list. It is easy to grow(no demands besides low light at least), variable in color, and grows in many different shapes and sizes. It is widely undersold as Nymphaea rubra, Nymphaea Rubra also is undersold as Nymphaea Zenkeri or Red Tiger Lotus:( Nymphaea Zenkeri (both green and red) will form maroon, red, purple, or brown splotches like a tiger's fur pattern(obviously)
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Very sensitive to excel, mine died back to the bulb every time I added a 1/2 does of excel. I haven't had much luck with this plant in high light, though it seems to do much better in low light for me.
I got one of theese 3 months ago I'd had 3 leaves on it that were going towards the surface so I gave it a week in my tank and started snipping off the tallest leaf everytime a new one would come in it took a week but now it has 30 low level leaves and has alreaddy sent off a few runners with plants growing from them I actually snipped one off and sold I t already. It's Ana amazing looking plant.
Drowned My Cactus
The name is confusing; this plant is a water lily, genus Nymphaea, and not a lotus, genus Nelumbo. --- You can nip off the little plantlets from tubers once they have roots and they will grow on their own just as well as if still attached to the tuber. I planted one in my pond outside, which has water temperatures 85-95 F / 32-36C for many months in the summer. I put the container up on blocks so the soil was only 2" below the surface so it would get the warmest water and brightest sunlight. It grows like other water lilies - that is, super fast when conditions are correct, faster than things like hornwort. Mine is a night-bloomer with pink flowers. I have about a half dozen plants I pinched off the tuber when it arrived. --- Tropical water lilies in general need warm water, the warmer the better. My pond has been well above 100 degrees F / 38C and it didn't bother any of the water lilies one bit. Growth is really slow to nonexistent under 75 degrees F / 24C, and tropical water lilies kept too cold go dormant or die. They also need as much light as possible. They thrive in full Arizona sun all day long in the pond. Shaded water lilies don't grow very well and won't bloom. They are extremely heavy feeders. Pond tabs pushed into the roots work well. Also our water is alkaline, around 8.5, and has a huge amount of dissolved minerals, so don't let people tell you it needs fresh-as-a-glacier water. --- Tropical water lilies make tubers when fall or bad conditions approach. Plants growing normally don't have tubers. Commercial growers propagate them by dropping pond temperatures to induce tuber formation. I would guess people who have trouble with this plant aren't giving enough light, enough heat or enough fertilizer, probably not enough of all three.
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