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Old 12-29-2010, 12:40 PM
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Germinating Water Lily Seeds


I am starting an indoor water garden and want to germinate some teeny tiny water Lily seeds. Has anyone heard about sticking them to modeling clay and sinking to the bottom?
Or can anyone help me to germinate the seeds.
I have garden soil in the bottom with a layer of clay kitty litter on top of that. I also have a grow light above it.
I already am growing a young canna lily in it and it is doing super.
I sure would appreciate any and all the help I can get.
I can barely see these tiny seeds............John
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Old 12-29-2010, 01:43 PM
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Lotus are easy - but never got those to grow - apparently you can just put them in water, and they are supposed to sink, and sprout, which they never did... Keep us posted!

I have a nice Papyrus if you want to do another swap.
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Old 12-29-2010, 02:48 PM
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Jude, I have no problem with the Lotus seeds. I have grown several of them. I just have never started the tiny seeds of the Water Lily.
Are you talking about the Cyperus involucratus? if so is it in plant form or seeds?..........John
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Old 12-29-2010, 03:05 PM
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I honestly am not sure which one it is - it's the one called "Dwarf Papyrus" - it is not haspans, or alternifolius, so I am assuming it is involucratus - it gets to about 5 feet tall, and has simple, star-like leaf displays of normal size (As opposed to shortened blades.)
I have a gallon-size root ball with the foliage about 3 feet or a bit taller. I can trade the whole thing, or divide it.
Feel free to PM me again.
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Old 12-29-2010, 04:07 PM
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Jude, I can't think of a thing I have that would equal even a division of a plant that large. It may be the wrong time of year to ship also.
All I have is several Nelumbo lutea seeds, which are native to my area. The yellow blooms are over 2ft across.
I wish I could figure out how to post a pic in these threads.
It is very frustrating to not show what I am talking about.
Help, because I need some info on identifying some lotus seeds, and several seeds that I received which I have never heard of.
John
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:19 PM
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Try here:

http://www.victoria-adventure.org/wa...from_seed.html

http://www.water-gardens-information...ily-seeds.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_5814051_grow...lies-seed.html

Good luck.....
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:13 PM
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Thanks, Garden Guy..........John
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Old 12-30-2010, 10:29 AM
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Bugnut,
Some seeds you've never heard of - could you give me more info on those? I honestly don't really care all that much for this plant - It's gorgeous, but really doesn't fit in, since I try to use most of my space for investment plants, as well as my personal collection. This was a freebie this fall, so I'm happy to share it - I would not worry about the weather - they are pretty resilient.
So, if you want to shoot me a PM with a list of seeds, we could probably work something out.
Thanks!
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:41 PM
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I received these seeds, marked just "Lotus" they are different from any lotus seed I a familiar with. Can someone identify them for me?
Thanks...John
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Old 12-30-2010, 04:32 PM
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those almost look like a type of sunflower seed.
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