Nymphaea Ampla (White Lotus)

Nymphaea Ampla Seeds (White Lotus Seeds)


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Nymphaea Ampla or White Lotus is sometimes called Dotleaf water lily. They are found Texas, Mexico, West Indies, and Central and South America. The large, elegant fragrant white flowers are held well above the water at the tip of a sturdy green stalk and appear almost constantly from spring until the end of summer. They are bisexual, star-like and regular with 4 sepals, green on the outside with many white petals. This is one of the most generously blooming water lilies, and frequently has as many as a half a dozen flowers open on a single day. The thick rhizomes are un-branched, erect, and ovoid without stolons. The leaf blades are green with smooth purple edges, often spotted and the bottom leaves are reddish. They are ovate to nearly round, about 15-45 cm in diameter, with dentate margins and a radiated venation centrally prominent, without web-like pattern, and a glabrous surface. The flowers are emersed, 7-18 cm in diameter, opening and closing diurnally, with only the sepals and outermost petals in a distinct whorl of 4. The sepals are green, flecked with short dark streaks and faintly veined. There are between 12-21 pointy white petals per flower, with 50-190 yellow stamens positioned around a 3 mm central yellow disk. The seeds are nearly globose to ellipsoid, with longitudinal rows of hair-like papillae. The Nymphaea Ampla blooms all year round in hot climate. Hardiness zones: 4-11(-32c/-25f, 4c/40f) All lotus are good for any geographic area as long as it is planted and started in warm water. They will not start to develop until the water reaches 70 degrees. Keep in mind once they start to get going, they are very invasive and the roots will branch out all over if not contained in a large pot. Don't bury them directly in your pond gravel or bottom. Starting the plant inside may get you blooms this year. But, more often than not a Lotus is a next-year type of plant for blooms. WINTER CARE OF LOTUS: The pot only needs to be about 12" under the water. Don't cut all the dead stems off as they provide oxygen to the root system. This is all that you need to do. The white lotus can be found in ditches, canals, ponds, and freshwater tidal margins, at an altitude of 0-350 m.
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Common name dotleaf water-lily
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Genus Nymphaea
Species Nymphaea ampla
Cultivar No
Therapeutic uses No
Germination The White Lotus Seeds can be sprouted in warm water and potted individually, or they can be planted before they sprout. The number of seeds to germinate will determine the container size, everything from small pots to dish pans to small ponds. Put a layer of soil in the bottom, add water to the brim, level and compact the soil once it has settled after being filled with water. Then distribute the seeds as evenly as possible over the soil and drizzle a thin layer of white sand through the water, over the seeds. This helps to anchor them and to see them as they sprout. Adding water after putting the seeds are put in can dislodge them, as can placing the container in a pond, so if you need to add water, be very careful. To keep the water around 80 degrees you can use a heating pad placed under the container. When the seedlings have made several leaves, you can transplant them in your pond.

Or you can float your lotus tuber in pond water for 10-14 days in a warm sunny place (water temp 70-80 degrees) before planting. Change the water frequently. If the water is allowed to get too cold at night this can kill the new growth and the tuber will rot. You can use a heating pad set on the low setting under the pan of water to keep them warm. This allows the tuber to sprout and will increase your success in growing lotus. Don't plant the newly sprouted tuber in a cold pond. Wait until your pond gets up to 65-70 degrees. Once established in your pond they are a hardy plant and will come back year after year in even the coldest of climates when the water warms up.
When your lotus is ready to plant, fill up a 5 to 10 gallon or 12” x 12” pot with 6" of topsoil with pea stone at a rate of 75% topsoil 25% pea stone. This will improve aeration in the soil. Place the lotus tuber with the growing tips straight upwards centered in the pot. Gently press the tuber into the mud being very careful not to damage the new growing tips. Add a 1" layer of gravel to cover the tuber and to keep the tuber from floating. Lotus are very heavy feeders, but should not be fertilized until they have put up two or three leaves. After they have set leaves they should be given 1 or 2 tabs of fertilizer per pot. Place it in the pond no more than 8 inches deep of water over the top of the pot. In the fall move the lotus to the deep water. Don't cut all the stems off as they provide oxygen to the root system. Germination can take longer. Be patient!

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