Lotus seed Nelumbo nucifera
Uses: edible. Garden. Landscape. Medicinal.
Sowing: under a proper temperature(above 16℃) and sunshine; can be sowed at any time of a year; takes only 50 to 60 days from sowing to blossoming, a little longer in autumn (60-80days), without any dormant period;
treatment: break a little mouth on the sunken end of the seed; carefully not to hurt the embryo, do not peel; (you may find the method in the follow)
Seed germination: in summer, seeds should be good to be submerged under 20 ℃ -30 ℃ in water; Be kept inside and changed the water twice a day; It can germinate within 1 week; After that, Put it towards the sun, strengthen light but never let it dry; It Will outgrow fine-root and 2 to 3 young small lotus leaf after two weeks;
Transplanting: choose a proper basin, put in a half basin of garden soil or soil without any chemical pollution, immerse the soil whit water but no fertilizer 2 weeks before you transplant the plant; carefully transplant the seedlings into the soil, each one basin, proper of water after transplanting(not over the lotus leaves);
Autumn and winter management: 2-3 weeks after transplanting, fertilize the plants properly, better to keep it above 16℃.