Seeds of Nymphaea caerulea - Sacred-Blue-Water-lily
The water lily family, Nymphaeaceae, is an old and evolutionarily primitive one, and is grouped with buttercups and magnolias in the order Ranales. Furthermore, fossil evidence suggests that nymphaeas have not changed much over the past 160 million years. All they have done is move about the globe, keeping in the tropical and temperate zones. There are about 50 species in the genus.
Waterlily has a widespread cultural significance, especially in Egypt where the lotus motif is a frequent feature of temple column architecture. Nymphaea caerulea, the Egyptian Blue-Water-Lily, opens its flowers in the morning and then sinks beneath the water at dusk, while the Egyptian White water-lily (N. lotus), flowers at night and closes in the morning. This symbolizes the Egyptian separation of deities and is a motif associated with Egyptian beliefs concerning death and the afterlife.
Growing from seeds:
Nymphaea caerulea requires full sun, fertile soil and will benefit from regular fertilization. It is best grown in about a foot of water. Because of its heavy nutrient demands it tends to fight off algae that compete for nutrients. Seeds are best off being started in pots submerged two centimeters below the surface of water in some sort of basin big enough to hold all your pots. The pots should be filled with a rich, clayey loam and the seeds pressed into the surface before submersion. For this process, it is recommended that you use bottled, distilled or clean rain water rather than tap water to fill your basin. Reports of using seed propagators have also produced positive results with these seeds for at least one grower that we know of. Plants may be grown directly in the ground, which should be bedded with fertile soil, or in pots that are sunk below the surface of the water. Once established, it can easily be propagated by dividing the rhizomes. Being from warm locations naturally, this species requires steady warmth of about 75 degrees throughout the germination process.
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