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!
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
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
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)