The lotus flower is a mystical little beauty. It was worshipped by the ancient Egyptians and in Buddhism is symbolises purity of the body. I want to know if it can grow in South African conditions.
I managed to source a few seeds through my mild addiction to Chinese shopping apps. So I did a little research and here’s how I think you need to grow a lotus flower.
You’ll need some dechlorinated water. I used distilled water for good measure, but you don’t have to. To remove the chlorine from the water you can either leave normal tap water out in a wide mouthed dish in a sunny spot for a few days. If you want to cheat and not wait a few days, you can just get some aquarium water treatment. The one that you use at every water change. It removes chlorine and other metals dangerous to fish. You’ll also need a file. You can sheat here too and use something electric, but I wouldn’t. It doesn’t take too long and if you’re doing it by hand you have more control.
If you roll the seeds in your fingers you notice that they’re really hard. Water can’t penetrate that hard shell and kick off the germination process. In nature, the seeds will be lying at the bottom of a pond and, over time, the hard outer shell will soften and/or rot. Since that takes far too long we’ll accelerate the process a bit.
Grab your file and file off the pointy end of the hard seed. You should just be able to see a little of the white flesh when you’re done.
Once filed, the seeds are ready to be popped into some water. Your water needs to be warm to help kick off germination. Also, since lotus plants prefer slightly acidic water, I chose to drop a few drops of vinegar. That wasn’t
part of the research, I made it up. 😉
That’s all I did for now. I’ll put them in a warm, sunny spot and replace the stale water so that the seeds don’t rot.
When I start seeing green I’ll come back and update you.