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Winter hardy / Indian Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)

Indian Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)
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Beautiful water lily with large leaves and pinky white flowers. The plant can be kept outside, as long as the water around the roots doesn’t freeze.

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2 days

€ 3,50
Price per 5 seeds

 

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Common name:
Indian lotus

Origin:
China

Minimum temperature:
-15 degrees Celsius

Description:
The Indian lotus is a magnificent water lily with shiny, 60 cm big leaves and pinky white flowers The plant is able to ‘warm up’ the flowers, in order to make them more attractive for cold-blooded insects. Measurements proved that the temperature of the flower could be between 30 and 35 degC, while the ambient temperature was only 10 degrees Celcius. The plant is holy in Hinduism and Buddhism, and is the national flower of India and Vietnam. All parts of the plant are edible, and the plant is often used in the Asian cuisine.  The Indian lotus can be kept in a pond or a big tub. As long as the water around the roots doesn’t freeze, the species is hardy. A sunny spot is recommended, and use special pondsoil to grow the plants in.

Germination instructions:
The seeds can stay vigorous for a very long time. Even a 1300 years old seed from China could still germinate! Sand the seeds with sanding paper or a file, until the yellow/whitish inside of the seeds becomes visible. Put the seeds in a glass of water at 20 degC, where the seeds should germinate in about a week. Replace the water regularly. After germination, the seeds can be planted in the pond, or in a tub with pondsoil.

Sowing time:
March - August

Difficulty:
Intermediate

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Linda - 27-05-2021 12:52

De zaden aan de ronde kant (niet met het puntje) aangeschuurd tot op het witte en ze zijn allemaal uitgekomen. Drijvende zaden zijn niet perse kansloos. Soms met vocht komt het alsnog goed.

joran - 26-04-2021 07:55

Ik heb nog een andere methode toegepast. Heb het topje er gewoon met een snoeischaar afgeknipt. Binnen de week waren ze allemaal al ontkiemd. Helaas zijn er wel enkele stengels zonder blaadje... Hopelijk komen deze ook nog in orde.

Richard - 01-11-2020 12:09

in 2 zaden voorzichtig een gaatje geboord zoals vorig review. op woensdag in het water gelegd en nu zondag verschijnd er reeds het eerste dicht gevouwen blaadje. Ben benieuwd

Arie Koi - 24-11-2018 16:10

Nix schuren!
Klein gaatje in boren, bijna 90% succes!!

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