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American Lotus Seeds

Nelumbo lutea

4.56 (9 reviews)
  • HOW TO GROW
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Before planting, these seeds need to be scarified to permeate the hard seed coat and allow sprouting. With a metal file, remove the seed coat from the side of the seed until the pale yellow of the seed's center is barely exposed. Soak the seeds in water until they sprout, changing the water every day to prevent disease. Sprouting usually takes 2-4 weeks. Plant the sprouts in small peat pots just covered in water, keeping in mind that the emerging stem is actually a leaf and not the taproot. Increase the water's depth as the plants grow. Transplant outdoors carefully, since this plant resents having its roots disturbed.

Growing: This plant grows well in either muddy, shallow water or in water as deep as six feet. Though rooted in the mud, its leaves and flowers float on the surface of the water. To prevent spreading or for easy relocating, this plant can be grown in large containers immersed in water at least 2 feet deep. Though a lovely and beneficial plant, it tends to spread in good growing conditions and is on the invasive plant lists of CT and RI.

Harvesting: These short-lived blossoms do not make good cut flowers, and are best enjoyed in the wild. The unique dried seed receptacles, however, are extremely popular in dried flower arrangements.

Seed Saving: After blooming, large seeds will form in the unique rounded seed receptacles. Collect the seeds as soon as they turn brown, and store them in the refrigerator until planting.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Yellow Lotus, Water-Chinquapin

Latin Name: Nelumbo lutea

Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

Type: Native Wildflowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

US Regions: California, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 30

Stratification: No Stratification

Germination Ease: No Stratification

Sunlight: Full Sun

Height: 60 Inches

Color: White

Bloom Season: Blooms Late Summer

American Lotus Seeds 5.0
Review By Leeroy

Hope my turtles don't eat them

These haven't sprouted yet but all the seeds I planted last year are doing amazing.

American Lotus Seeds 5.0
Review By ALAN

LOTUS SEEDS

Transaction was fast and professional, now I will see if the seeds germinate. First rate company will re-order

American Lotus Seeds 1.0
Review By REDfletching

Nelumbo Lutea, American Lotus

I got about 30% germination and growth in my pond. The leaves were about 5 inches in diameter, so I suspect that maybe these seeds WERE NOT as advertised?

I'm sorry to hear of the poor results you experienced! These seeds are tricky to get going. Please contact sales and they will get another packet sent out to you!

American Lotus Seeds 5.0
Review By Teanna Byerts

American Lotus seeds (native wildflower)

Arrived in a timely fashion, at a good price.

Now to sprout them...

Lotus are pretty easy to sprout from seeds, and this was the best place I found to get them.

American Lotus Seeds 5.0
Review By Robert Shearer

Now it is up to me!

Product arrived well packaged, in good condition, and promptly. Now all I have to do is grow them successfully!

American Lotus Seeds 5.0
Review By DIANA R HODGSON

Early Review of Lotus (Nelumbo) Seeds

This product is different from many. Nelumbo seeds have a thick, hard seed coat that requires careful scarification. I followed advice from a number of sources and sanded or ground (careful not to heat the seed) a bit of the outer seed coat, placed the seeds in fresh water, and am keeping them indoors where the temperature ranges from 60-70F.

It has only been a few days since the soaking began. So far, I have seen no changes. It may take weeks for the seed to absorb enough water to start the process of germination.

That is fine with me! Starting from seed costs less in exchange for requiring more effort, patience, and perhaps a little luck.

American Lotus Seeds 5.0
Review By ScubaDiver

Arrived Quickly - Nice Looking Seeds

I have yet to grow them, but nice, clean seeds.

American Lotus Seeds 5.0
Review By Bonita Ion

Fast & accurate

Thanks for the lotus seeds. They are doing well and they came very quickly in the mail. Thanks!

American Lotus Seeds 5.0
Review By John

Lotus Seeds

Excellent: Shipping Delivery Time and Seed Germination at 90%

Size Price Quantity
XL Mylar Packet (~3 Seeds) $3.48 -+
1/4 Oz Mylar (7.09g) $7.96 -+
1 Oz Mylar (~30 Seeds) $12.65 -+
1/4 Lb Mylar (113g) $33.01 Notify Me
1 Lb Mylar (454g) $120.00 Notify Me
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DESCRIPTION

Add a bit of exotic flair to the garden pond with these aquatic perennial lotus flower seeds. The large yellowish blooms and round leaves float on the surface of the water. It looks like a flower from the tropics, but it is hardy and native to states as far north as Wisconsin!
Classified as an emergent aquatic plant, this native lotus roots itself in the mud while its leaves and flowers float on the surface of the water. Both the tubers at the roots and the leaves once provided a valued food source for Native American tribes. The genus name comes from the Sinhalese word for "lotus," while the species name comes from the Latin word for "yellow." These lotus seeds are great for planting because they repel water very well and remain viable for at least 200 years.

HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Before planting, these seeds need to be scarified to permeate the hard seed coat and allow sprouting. With a metal file, remove the seed coat from the side of the seed until the pale yellow of the seed's center is barely exposed. Soak the seeds in water until they sprout, changing the water every day to prevent disease. Sprouting usually takes 2-4 weeks. Plant the sprouts in small peat pots just covered in water, keeping in mind that the emerging stem is actually a leaf and not the taproot. Increase the water's depth as the plants grow. Transplant outdoors carefully, since this plant resents having its roots disturbed.

Growing: This plant grows well in either muddy, shallow water or in water as deep as six feet. Though rooted in the mud, its leaves and flowers float on the surface of the water. To prevent spreading or for easy relocating, this plant can be grown in large containers immersed in water at least 2 feet deep. Though a lovely and beneficial plant, it tends to spread in good growing conditions and is on the invasive plant lists of CT and RI.

Harvesting: These short-lived blossoms do not make good cut flowers, and are best enjoyed in the wild. The unique dried seed receptacles, however, are extremely popular in dried flower arrangements.

Seed Saving: After blooming, large seeds will form in the unique rounded seed receptacles. Collect the seeds as soon as they turn brown, and store them in the refrigerator until planting.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Yellow Lotus, Water-Chinquapin

Latin Name: Nelumbo lutea

Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

Type: Native Wildflowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

US Regions: California, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 30

Stratification: No Stratification

Germination Ease: No Stratification

Sunlight: Full Sun

Height: 60 Inches

Color: White

Bloom Season: Blooms Late Summer

Reviews

4.56
Global Rating: 4.56 from 9 reviews
5.0

Review By Leeroy

Hope my turtles don't eat them

These haven't sprouted yet but all the seeds I planted last year are doing amazing.

5.0

Review By ALAN

LOTUS SEEDS

Transaction was fast and professional, now I will see if the seeds germinate. First rate company will re-order

1.0

Review By REDfletching

Nelumbo Lutea, American Lotus

I got about 30% germination and growth in my pond. The leaves were about 5 inches in diameter, so I suspect that maybe these seeds WERE NOT as advertised?

I'm sorry to hear of the poor results you experienced! These seeds are tricky to get going. Please contact sales and they will get another packet sent out to you!

5.0

Review By Teanna Byerts

American Lotus seeds (native wildflower)

Arrived in a timely fashion, at a good price.

Now to sprout them...

Lotus are pretty easy to sprout from seeds, and this was the best place I found to get them.

5.0

Review By Robert Shearer

Now it is up to me!

Product arrived well packaged, in good condition, and promptly. Now all I have to do is grow them successfully!

5.0

Review By DIANA R HODGSON

Early Review of Lotus (Nelumbo) Seeds

This product is different from many. Nelumbo seeds have a thick, hard seed coat that requires careful scarification. I followed advice from a number of sources and sanded or ground (careful not to heat the seed) a bit of the outer seed coat, placed the seeds in fresh water, and am keeping them indoors where the temperature ranges from 60-70F.

It has only been a few days since the soaking began. So far, I have seen no changes. It may take weeks for the seed to absorb enough water to start the process of germination.

That is fine with me! Starting from seed costs less in exchange for requiring more effort, patience, and perhaps a little luck.

5.0

Review By ScubaDiver

Arrived Quickly - Nice Looking Seeds

I have yet to grow them, but nice, clean seeds.

5.0

Review By Bonita Ion

Fast & accurate

Thanks for the lotus seeds. They are doing well and they came very quickly in the mail. Thanks!

5.0

Review By John

Lotus Seeds

Excellent: Shipping Delivery Time and Seed Germination at 90%