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Old 08-18-2012, 10:44 PM
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Water container garden - water lily/seeds?


The nursery had this cute little set up for their carnivorous plants. Instead of a saucer they had a bowl filled with water hyacinth and floaters, which were sold as salvinia. I liked the idea so I bought some of the water plants to try it.

Problem is I don't quite have the container I need for this idea so I was thinking of getting a large container and add a water lily or something. I was wondering if anyone has started water lilies from seed? The lilies are too expensive and I'm short on cash right now. (I went to the nursery, that should explain lol.) The seeds seem inexpensive.
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:55 PM
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Lotus & water lily seeds are actually quite easy to start - the hard bit is breaking the seed coat .. I used a dremel tool with a flat blade. The seed coat is quite thick! That's why seeds of aquatic lilies can stay viable for hundreds of years!

You can clearly see the cuts in the picture on the left I made in the seed coat.

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Old 08-19-2012, 01:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Xeolyte View Post:
Lotus & water lily seeds are actually quite easy to start - the hard bit is breaking the seed coat .. I used a dremel tool with a flat blade. The seed coat is quite thick! That's why seeds of aquatic lilies can stay viable for hundreds of years!

You can clearly see the cuts in the picture on the left I made in the seed coat.

Cool...
Going have to try some one day

Here's an awesome plant for clear bowls/containers ~ I love these things
http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...74956363wgMRNe

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Old 08-19-2012, 11:22 AM
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Xeolyte: Oh boy, all I have is a hobby knife to work with. I have a feeling this will result in a trip to the ER for stitches or at least usage of my Mickey Mouse bandaids lol.
Did you buy yours online? If you did, can you suggest a seller or store?
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:31 AM
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I got mine through a trade .. some people use a hack saw. I used a pair of pliers to hold the seeds white I cut .. they are pretty big so they are easy to grab hold of with the pliers. You need to cut through the seed coat enough that you start seeing white - the actual seed - the idea is for moisture to be able to get to it in order for it to start germinating. If you're not in a hurry I've heard that you can use a metal emery board.

The key is you need to make the cut along the length of the see and not across.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:24 PM
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Thank you for the information. I ordered some seeds off ebay but I'm not sure of the seller. If I get them I'll definitely follow your advice.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:39 PM
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I have sprouted lotus seeds before, they are pretty similar.

Instead of any power equipment I use a simply finger nail file. Like the sand paper like ones?

I just sat there and rubbed the seeds until I hit the white/lighter colored part and threw them in some water.

My germination tank was a five gallon glass aquarium with a heater in it. They started germinating very quickly but be warned, aquatic bacteria and mold is a great problem with these. At least it was for me.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:58 PM
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I started mine in custard cups and changed the water every day .. after the shoots started emerging from the water I transferred them to a small tub with a sand substrate.
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:00 PM
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Sounds like your set up is cheaper and a bit easier I have a way of finding the hardest ways to do things
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:25 PM
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Hey .. it was my first time germinating water lily/lotus and used what was available .. more or less winged it - I was more on a fact finding mission than plant acquisition - I'm just skirting the edges of aquatic plants for now - I've been planning for a water garden for a couple of years now .. maybe next Spring I'll get one going.

This Spring they got a little past the coin stage then promptly croaked. At the moment I just have some papyrus and an aquatic morning glory going.

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Old 08-25-2012, 04:38 PM
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I received my seeds and I'm disappointed. I was hoping for seeds that resembled yours, in size, because I heard they are fairly reliable germinators but unfortunately the ones I received are very small. I'm not sure how to germinate these pookies.
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:05 PM
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How small? size of a green pea small? My seeds were about the size of green grapes.
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Way smaller than a pea. More like a coriander seed but tad bit smaller.
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:28 PM
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Wow .. to be honest I've only grown the lotus so I don't know if water lily seeds are actually smaller but I can't imagine them being that small! Did the seller have good feedback?

Take a pair of nail clippers and with the edges cut into the seed .. not too deep though. As I said, the idea is to break the coat enough that moisture can get inside.
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:54 PM
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The seller had some good feedback. Usually I would look for someone with higher feedback but I have an itch to start a pond garden.

For this type of water lily the seed size is about right, going by pictures of course. I was more uninformed so the disappointment is my fault. The seller did provide extras, which was nice.

I do need to find a planting medium though. Our Lowes didn't have anything which was weird.
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