iv heard people start them from seed and also bulbs. which one is easier? or better? and when do ii start them? and how do i grow them?. haha.
how do i grow a lotus?....seed/bulb?
Bulbs are oviously faster. Theres a seller on ebay who sells lotus/lily seeds and theres good detailed pictures on there listings on how to grow the seeds. Looks easy enough.
If you buy (or trade for) seeds, they are fairly easy to grow. Make sure you sand or knick on side of the seed, to get through the hard exterior....and just plop them in water. In about a week, you will see the sprout coming out. Make sure you constantly change the water or you will end up with a nasty fungus blob. Soon a leaf will make it's way to the surface of the water. At that point, you can plant the seed/plant and get them ready for the pond.
if i use a seed will it flower the same year? will the plant get as big as a plant started from a bulb?????
No, it will not get as large the first year as a tuber....but will get big and leafy if treated right. I've only had one smaller version bloom the first year, so I'm not sure about the big ones. If you can find a tuber (and it must have a growing tip) it will get you off to a faster start. Although a large tubby fully of lotus leaves up on their tall stems is equally elegant, even without the blooms.