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Water Lilies & Lotus seeds

So I got some seeds off Amazon.

The first couple I tried I think I didn't do right, I just tossed em into my declorinated water bucket and waited to see if they'd sprout. After a week, nothing.

Then I looked online on how I was supposed to grow them and found they need to be 'opened' a bit to let the water in. I saw that they can start growing in just a few days.

I filed off the shell just enough that I saw some white inside, and then I put them in some dechlorinated water and put it on a window sill inside the house where it can get some sunshine in the afternoon. It's been 3 days and I still don't see anything.

What am I doing wrong? Should I just give up on these cheap seeds and buy bulbs?

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I myself have been able to get the seeds to sprout easily within a couple days. Actually growing the plants is another matter though.

Bulbs will probably be a safer bet. Last year I used some cheap Petco water lilly bulbs, the dried kind, and they grew fine. Just be a little patient with them
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I myself have been able to get the seeds to sprout easily within a couple days. Actually growing the plants is another matter though.

Bulbs will probably be a safer bet. Last year I used some cheap Petco water lilly bulbs, the dried kind, and they grew fine. Just be a little patient with them
I got 3 out of like 8 to sprout. Waiting to see if any of the others just need more time.

Tell me more about actually growing them plz!

When I read the tutorials they sound quite easy, but those also say it's easy to sprout seeds at like a 90% success rate... newb reality is so different from tutorials and guides.

Winterizing is gonna suck. Prolly will lose them all lol. Thankfully seeds are cheap.

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Honestly, I couldn't get them past the second leaf, they'd diet on me after that. I've got more seeds, so I might try again this year
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It sounds like you're on the right track. The process that has proven successful for me over the years is to scarify the seed and soak in fresh water as you're doing. It is imperative that the water is changed daily. Bad water quality will enable bacteria and disease to kill your seedlings. Also, the adult plants handle full sun with ease, however you should keep your seedlings indoors on a windowsill or outdoors in the shade. Overheating them can hurt them at this stage. Once the small white roots begin to develop, I place the seedling in a pot ( I use basic topsoil with no added fertilizers with a 1" cap of sand on top to prevent dirtying the water) on top of the soil/sand mixture. Do not bury the seed/crown of the plant. Use a small rock or wood to hold the seed down for a week or two until the roots grow down to anchor the plant. What you do with them now is up to you. Some plant them in ponds and some plant them as standalone display plants in half whiskey barrels. Lotus grow very quickly and you'll have dozens of new tubers to divide and propagate within the first season. They do need a lot of fertilizer once they get out of the 'seedling' stage. Hopefully this has belped!!
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Lilies coming along.

Supposedly the lilies I got are hardy and I'm only in zone 7-8. I'm gonna try and keep them out for the winter.

I didn't quite like red root floaters in my indoor aquariums but they do seem to look great outside.




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