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Water Gardens: Lotus from Seed

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Corsetiere

Corsetiere
Columbus, OH

April 18, 2014
1:26 PM

Post #9815789

I started my lotus seeds this week and they sprouted in three days! They look like magic beans! :D

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http://gildedorchid.com/water-gardening/lotus-seeds/

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MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

April 18, 2014
6:08 PM

Post #9815952

Congratulations! The water will start to get slimey in a few days. Make sure you keep it clean and not let the level go up and down. :)

Corsetiere

Corsetiere
Columbus, OH

April 19, 2014
4:12 PM

Post #9816631

Thanks! Yeah I have been carefully rinsing the water out everyday. As of today, 6 out of 8 have sprouted and are cresting the surface of the water by about an inch! :)
helenchild
Decatur, GA

May 1, 2014
5:21 AM

Post #9826814

I have bunch of lotus seed. You have inspired me to get them started.
Has anyone kept lotus plants in buckets instead of a pond? I may need to start a new thread to get this answered.
Thanks,
Helen
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

May 1, 2014
7:35 AM

Post #9826937

Helen, All of my lotus are in tubbies. None of them are in my pond. They all do very well and it makes it much easier to divide later on.

Corsetiere

Corsetiere
Columbus, OH

May 1, 2014
2:53 PM

Post #9827294

Helen I planted 2 seedlings in large plastic pots without drain holes. People recommend 20" or greater diameter pots. Lotus just need a little standing water on top the soil in order for them to thrive. I've heard 1-4 inches of water will suffice. Of course after I planted mine it rained like crazy for days! So much for keeping a uniform water level! Ha!
helenchild
Decatur, GA

May 1, 2014
5:00 PM

Post #9827362

Thanks for the advise. It sounds more appealing growing them in a bucket. How do you keep it from getting rotten in the none draining bucket? Or is it just not a problem.
How deep (and wide) are your tubbies Merry Mary?
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

May 1, 2014
6:44 PM

Post #9827459

I buy the normal tubbies with rope handles. I've never planted a single one, I just put them in there to keep them wet until I "could" plant them...but never did. They just sat in the tubs long enough to grow anyway! I threw another tuber into an aquarium on my deck to keep it wet, forgot about it, and it now has a happy home! They aren't really particular, as long as you start them out without stress.

Corsetiere

Corsetiere
Columbus, OH

May 2, 2014
12:00 PM

Post #9827984

It shouldn't get rotten if you periodically add fresh water. I am thinking about adding an air stone to the mini/pond bog area that I planted some in, but I don't think you need to worry about that for a potted lotus.
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

May 2, 2014
4:07 PM

Post #9828240

No, if the tubbies are large enough, there's not a problem. It's only when people start the seeds in cups, etc. You can add one drop of peroxide too, if you think the seed/roots look scummy.

WillowWasp

WillowWasp
Jones Creek, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 23, 2014
5:27 PM

Post #9847319

The Lotus seed arrived today from California. I bought them on ebay and the enclosed letter said to file on one side until it shows a little white. Do yall do this or can I just soak the seed overnight??

Corsetiere

Corsetiere
Columbus, OH

May 26, 2014
7:19 AM

Post #9849523

Definitely file them. Lotus seeds have a protective coating that can allow them to basically stay dormant for many years.
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

May 26, 2014
12:32 PM

Post #9849762

Definitely file them. I pinch them with pliers and scratch them back and forth on the sidewalk until I make a white spot. If you have a Dremel, you can sand an area off the shell too. Just don't "drill" into it.

WillowWasp

WillowWasp
Jones Creek, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 27, 2014
7:07 AM

Post #9850453

Look what I found yesterday when I changed water in the Morning...I am so excited.

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WillowWasp

WillowWasp
Jones Creek, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 27, 2014
7:09 AM

Post #9850455

and this morning...

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WillowWasp

WillowWasp
Jones Creek, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 27, 2014
7:12 AM

Post #9850456

and that wasn't all... These are a pale yellow Lotus. I just reordered some blue, white with pink tips and Yellow...

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helenchild
Decatur, GA

May 28, 2014
7:51 AM

Post #9851402

Excellent. Keep us posted. When do you put them in dirt?

WillowWasp

WillowWasp
Jones Creek, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 28, 2014
6:04 PM

Post #9851946

Gosh I don't know. This is a first for me to try and grow Lotus. I don't even know what type of medium to plant them in. I guess I better start some doing some research...

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