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Winter hardy / White Indian Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera 'alba')

White Indian Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera 'alba')
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A white variety of the pinky/white water lily. The white variety grows the same, and is hardy as long as the water around the roots doesn’t freeze.  

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2 days

€ 3,50
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Common name:
White Indian lotus

Origin:
China

Minimum temperature:
-15 degrees Celsius

Description:
A white variety of the Indian lotus. The Indian lotus is a magnificent water lily with shiny, 60 cm big leaves and in this case 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 degrees Celcius, 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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Rick - 11-12-2019 09:47

Kieming bij kamertemperatuur ging bij mij erg moeizaam. Wat wel heel goed werkt is om het glas op de vensterbank in de zon te zetten, dan gaat de kieming en groei wel snel.

Ik heb een van de gekiemde planten in de vijver gedaan, echter was deze snel weg. Wellicht ten prooi gevallen aan de waterslakken of misschien toch te koud in het vijverwater. Andere planten heb ik op het terras in een grote pot met water gedaan. Hier vormden zich wel regelmatig bladeren, al bleven deze klein en bleven op het wateroppervlak liggen. Helaas geen bladeren die er bovenuit kwamen zoals op de foto. Ook geen bloemen gehad.

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