When you purchase a water lily or lotus from Latour-Marliac, you are purchasing a plant that has been cultivated in open air ponds using the same artisanal methods as those developed and employed by Monsieur Latour-Marliac in the 19th century.
Water lilies, lotus and other aquatic plants from Latour-Marliac are always sold in mature form, and are capable of flowering during the year of planting, depending upon the season and growing conditions. Our plants are sold bare root, which means that they do not arrive potted. Plants will have developed roots, leaves and often buds. Lotus are sold as simple rhizomes in early spring before they start to grow. In general, we always reserve the largest water lilies and lotus for our customers, since moving them out of the growing pools allows the smaller plants to develop more rapidly.
Our water lilies and lotus are sold with our guarantee of quality and service :
-- If a plant does not arrive in excellent condition, contact us within 24 hours of delivery and we'll send out a replacement.
-- If you have a question or problem with a plant, an expert will always be ready to assist you in English by phone or email.
The following series of images shows how we pack our water lilies:
Water lilies are harvested in the morning and shipped same-day in the afternoon. We dig the lily, label, clean and disinfect it, then we wrap the rhizome in moist paper and put a small plastic bag around it.
We then place the lily in a large plastic bag to preserve humidity and keep the leaves from wilting.
To each order we add the invoice, detailed planting and care instructions, as well as our brochure.
The box is dropped off at the Post Office by 3 PM, where it ships out by regular postal service or by express service. Regular service takes 3-4 days to the UK, while express service takes two days.
This packing method allows the water lilies, and aquatic plants in general, to stay fresh for seven days, or even more, as long as the box is not exposed to extreme heat. The lilies and other aquatic plants inside, if planted immediately upon arrival, will keep growing and flowering as usual for the time of year they were harvested.
Lotus are shipped in rhizome form, rather like tulips, according to the photo below. We ship lotus before they start to grow, from March 15 through late April, according to supply. These rhizomes are very fragile, so great attention is paid to packing, as you will see when the box arrives. They should be removed from their box very carefully, and handled with the same care. Each rhizome will measure from 25 to 45 cm in length and are similar to bananas in girth. Our lotus are capable of producing a multitude of flowers during the first year, depending on growing conditions.