Lotus (Nelumbo)
Sprout to Bloom in Images

by Kit Knotts - Click images to enlarge

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 7

Day 8 - First leaf

Day 8 - Second leaf

Day 8 - Roots

Day 14 -
First four leaves

14 days -
First runner with
growing tip

60 days -
First aerial leaves 

5 months - First flower 

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.

Growing Nelumbo (Lotus) From Seed & Seedling Cultivation
By Walter Pagels

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