Staff at La Concepción botanical gardens in Malaga have been celebrating their success in growing a gigantic species of water lily from seeds. This is the first Victoria cruziana water lily to have been cultivated outside a greenhouse. Visitors ... plants to survive outside. Once acclimatised, the water lily was moved into the pond, which had been prepared with the collaboration of the Asociación de Amigos del Jardín Botánico-Histórico La Concepción (the association of supporters of the botanical ... ‘fruit’ ripens under water. As the beetle needed for pollination does not exist in Europe, the staff of La Concepción have pollinated the flowers manually, collecting the pollen with a fine paintbrush and introducing it onto the ovary of the flower.