The Whybrew Family's
Lotus Growing Adventure
I received six seeds from Babs Ellinwood (May 17, 2002) after
accepting the lotus seed offer
on the Victoria-Adventure web site. My wife also dug up three
seeds she had received about three years ago. Starting on about
June 1st I followed the seed
starting directions found on Victoria-Adventure. Seven of
the nine seeds started very quickly and the remaining two never
germinated (one from the new batch and one from the three year
The seedlings remained in this container on picnic table in
full sun for approximately 2 1/2 months. This was obviously too
long given the crowding. The plants grew so much that I couldn't
separate them for risk of damaging the roots that were intertwined.
I hadn't expected the results to be so good. I just let them
grow anticipating failure of some of the plants.
To be used to hold the lotus plants I needed to seal the weld
joints with silicon caulk and then bury the tank in the ground
to counteract the water load. Visible corrosion suggests that
there may be limited life to the tank, but it has lasted several
years with water plants and fish in it.