Nymphaea Stellata Seeds (Purple Water Lily Seeds)

Nymphaea Stellata Seeds (Purple Water Lily Seeds)

This Nymphaea is quite cold tolerant, sweetly fragrant, and blooms all year round in hot climate.
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Nymphaea Stellata
The Indian tropical water lily, Nymphaea Stellata, has many hybrid varieties with a wide range of shade of blue to violet. This is a beautiful plant with star shaped light blue to purple flowers on tall stems. The green leaves are initially faintly splashed purplish-maroon and then become bright green. This Nymphaea is quite cold tolerant, sweetly fragrant, and blooms all year round in hot climate. These blue/purple colored water lilies are suitable for medium to larger ponds or even farm dams. They require a much larger water surface area for their leaf spread, about 4-5 feet; hence, coverage is more when compared with small/miniature size water lilies. Growth tip of the plant could be submerged between 20 cm to 40 cm below the water surface. If it is any deeper than 40 cm, the plant may not flower or grow properly. This is a robust aquatic herb with tuberous rhizome. The leaves are between 17?40 cm long and 16?32 cm large, with an upper surface smooth, and the under surface with a prominent reticulate vein. The single flowers have 6?12 cm. in diameter, and 4 lanceolate, obtuse sepals. The flowers have 14 ? 20 petals, as long as the sepals and they are oblong-lanceolate and obtuse with multiple yellow stamens and 16-20 carpels. The fruit measures 2 x 3 cm, and are depressed-globose. The seeds are 1 mm. long, sub ellipsoid, with longitudinal lines of hairs. 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 Purple Water Lily
Species Nymphaea stellata
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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