Tropical Water Lily – Red Flare Lilies – 2/6

Posted on

Okay, here's a good spot.

>> It's all the wayout in the middle.

>> All the way out in the middle.

It's way out there.

>> [LAUGH] Did you bring anyof your extra rubber boots? You know what, forget it.

>> We don't have any water moccasins in thispart of the country.

>> I don't care.

Let's go for it.

Can you imagine living with water moccasins? I would freak out.

>> I can.

>> I don't mind snakes at all butwater moccasin? >> We don't worry about that.

>> Wow, this thing is a beauty.

>> Yeah, this is the deepest red ofany tropical lily that I know of.

>> It's stunning.

I would say that's a red,as compared to the last one we shot.

>> And they call it the red flarebecause it flares out so far.

>> It is.

>> This is->> I'm gonna take a picture, keep talking.

Tell me some more stuff.

>> This plant goes way back.

It's probably in the 1930s.

>> Really? >> And the reason that you don't seeit is because it's temperamental.

We're trying to->> To temperature, or to? >> To temperature.

It likes a lot of heat.

It doesn't winter over very easily.

>> It's got a good fragrance.

>> But it's such a gorgeous lily.

>> Oh, my gosh.

>> We had to have it,and we have to grow it.

We will be offering it for sale, butwe'll be offering it as a specimen plant because if we'regonna take all that trouble to get it up to a gallon size, we'regonna get it up to a bigger size.

>> Right from the get go, it's already gonna beone of the 16 by sevens? >> Yeah, it's gonna be a specimen.

>> What would this plant sell for? The other one was around 50 bucks.

>> Yeah, in the gallon and in aspecimen pot, specimen sized plant, it would probably be $120.

>> Okay.

I think this one's a littlemore red in the leaf but it's mottled a little bit different,too.

>> It is definitely more red.

>> And the Maroon,was it Maroon Beauty that we did? >> Yeah, Maroon Beauty.

>> It was kinda greenin the middle and then that stuff was coming out butthis one's got different.

>> Still has the strong venationon the back and the serration but it's a deeper red.

Not only a deeper red flower,a deeper red leaf, just as I was saying,it tends to be that way.

>> Is this a hybrid? >> It is a hybrid.

>> Okay, but 30s, I'm thinking,are they hybreeding? >> 1938, this was done byMartin Randig and it came off of.

>> I never heard Martin's name.

I've gotta remember this name,right? I mean, 1930s.

>> Yeah, 1938.

>> He's one of the grandfathers? >> Yeah,one of the premier hybridisers.

He came before Kurt Strom andPerry Slocum.

And so this is the deepest red.

It's the best red,as far as I'm concerned, but it is a little temperamental as faras the heat that it requires and overwintering, and so you don'treally see it on the market.

>> Is it becauseit's not doing well? I don't wanna keep people fromgetting this plant cuz I'm amazed by it right now.

I want people to get it buthow can someone put this in, say, even in Southern California,where I'm at? How we can put it out there andmake it do well? >> It does great in the summer,it may not over winter as well.

>> Okay.

So, just buy it as a specimen.

I'm sure you're not the only personin America that does this plant, so if they're buying this from someoneelse, it's a one gallon pot.

They've gotta get it up immediately,right? >> Yes, I would.

>> Okay,wow this is really fantastic.

>> The bigger you get it,the better it's gonna do.

>> So right now, this is about,I don't know, a four foot diameter.

How many plants are here? >> Do you what me to pick it up? >> Yeah.

Is it in a bigger pot already? >> No,this is still in a one gallon.

Actually, this isa separate plant next to it but that's what size it is.

>> It's a great plant.

>> And you can see,it's got a new bloom coming, and it's got a bud after that.

>> Right.

>> So even in a gallon pot,what we call a lily gallon, it's pretty good sized.

You can see the spread.

>> If you're only going tohave this as an annual, and I would treat this as an annual, alot of my clients are buying plants and would treat it as an annual.

People would spend a couple hundredbucks on just pretty flowers for summer in front of their place.

So I try and tell that to peoplewhen they're doing that for water lilies.

Treat it as an annual, get itin a big pot, fertilize it and just be amazed byit all summer long.

>> And in southern California,there's a good chance this would winter over,once you got it to a big size.

If you're starting out withjust a tuber in the spring, that would be more difficult forthe average customer.

>> What's the name I'm notsupposed to forget, Martin who? >> Randig.

>> Randig.

Martin Randig.

Love that guy.

I'm gonna look him up when I get home.

Take me to another red.

Do you have another one? >> We do have another one.

>> What's this one called? >> It's called Red Cup, and it'sactually a seedling of Red Flare.

Lead me to it.

>> Okay.

It is in another greenhouse.

>> All right, let's go.

Do we have to walk out inthe middle of this one too? >> We don't have towalk out in the middle.

>> [LAUGH]>> [LAUGH] >> I should've worn shorts.

What was I thinking? Let's hurry up,cuz I know they're closing.

>> They are.

Source: Youtube