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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!
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?
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.
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.
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??
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.