Nelumbo nucifera, Sacred-Lotus, Indian-lotus seeds

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Nelumbo nucifera, Sacred-Lotus, Indian-lotus seeds

Nelumbo nucifera, known by numerous common names including Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, or simply lotus, is one of two species of aquatic plant in the family Nelumbonaceae. A common misconception is referring to the lotus as a water lily (Nymphaea), an entirely different plant.

Nelumbo nucifera is native to tropical Asia and Australia and is the national flower of Vietnam and India. Flowers, roots and young leaves are edible. Nelumbo nucifera has a big cultural significance in medecine and religion.

Growing from seeds:

Those seeds have a really thick and hard seed coat which makes it almost impossible to germinate without some help.

Best is to use sandpaper or a metal file and do some work on one side of the seed until there's a little hole in its coat and then just put it into a container with water and let the seed soak at a warm place. Depending on the hole it will start to germinate within some days and can then be sown in pods which should be first submerged into a bucket and then, after it has grown a bit, into your pond

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