About these images
Since we normally don't do well with lotuses,
we have never started any from seed. Walter Pagels' excellent
article linked below inspired us to try, since we wanted to illustrate
the process for others. The seeds we started were "tropical
lotus", varieties which seem to have adapted to warmer climates.
This probably accounts for the speed from sprout to bloom, unusually
fast in very warm climates. We should mention that the flower
picture above was of our only bloom of the season, though hurricanes
may have thwarted additional flowering.