Lotus Flower Seed
Lotuses are found in white and pink colors in general and they grow in shallow and murky waters. Lotus flowers enjoy warm sunlight and are intolerant to cold weather. This is why the Lotus is not seen blossoming in the winter. The floating leaves and Lotus flowers have long stems, which contain air spaces to maintain the buoyancy. The Lotus is native to Asia and flourishes in a wide range of climates from India to China.
Lotus seeds also known as convenient snack that contains protein with calcium, phosphorus, manganese, iron and potassium. The antioxidants are useful to slow the aging process and help to fight inflammation. Chinese medicine use benefit of lotus seeds to treat heart problem and kidneys. These medicine also has ability to calm, address insomnia and diarrhea. In one ounce of raw lotus seeds contain a low-fat and non-cholesterol snack. They offer on healthy by its sugar-free, and improve sluggish appetites as well.
How to grow lotus seeds
The lotus seeds are naturally resistant to water, so to moisturize the cotyledons inside the seed gardener will remove the seed’ protective cover using special tools. Then they will have to soak the seed sulfuric acid for multiple hours. To scarify the seed Gardner’s will rub it again a sand paper and to get the best result, the seed should be held with a pair of pliers and rubbed gently across sandpaper. Along the dimpled end, the seed should be scarified to the point where the back surface becomes cream colored. This signifies that the hard exterior coating has been penetrated, and it will allow water to leach through the husk and reach the young plants.
The next step is soaking the seed into a warm glass of warm water, the quickest results occur when the water is between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The water must be changed every day until the lotus seeds sprout or as soon the water starts changed color due to the bacteria that feed upon the residue leaving the seed.
After a few days of changing water, the seed should be noticeably swell it may even double in size, the cotyledons inside the seed husk begin to absorb water and swell. The seeds may begin floating on the water’s surface, and the first two leaves should emerge. However you will need to wait until the seedling is at least 6 in. (15.24 cm) long before planting.
Remove the seeds as they sprout and have grown at least 6 inches long. This usually takes only one or two days or it could take up to a 10 day. Put them in a dishpan or similar container with about 3 inches of sand on the bottom and 3 inches of water covering the sand. Press your finger in the sand and put the seed in the hole … don’t cover with sand. You can sink this in your pond, or just place it in full sun next to the pool. If you sprout in winter, a sunny window is good, or take the seed container outside on warm days and bring it back inside as the day cools off. If you are willing to do that with 20 containers, you really have been bitten by the Lotus Bug.