Sacred Lotus Nelumbo nucifera - Nelumbium speciosum

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Botanical Name:

Nelumbo nucifera







Common Name:

Sacred Lotus

Seeds Per Pound:
57.98 lb
Average Viable Seeds/Packet:
Germination Test Type:
2-3 feet
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In Stock: 57.98 lb
Items are priced on a curve, you can buy any 'bulk quantity' up to what we have in stock, some examples are:
1 packet (~ 10 seeds)
4 oz (~ 126 seeds)
1 lb (~ 502 seeds)
1 kg (~ 1107 seeds)
10 lb (~ 5020 seeds)
Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Carefully file through the seed coat. Soak in warm water, changing water twice/day. Continue soaking until the seed begins to germinate.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: Sow in pots 1/2 inch deep. Place pots in water. Allow water to just cover the pot. Raise the water level as the plants grow.
In a Nutshell:
* Nelumbo nucifera , known by numerous common names including Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, or simply lotus, is one of two species of aquatic plant in the family Nelumbonaceae.
* From ancient times the lotus has been a divine symbol in Asian traditions representing the virtues of sexual purity and non-attachment.

The Sacred water lotus has been used in the Orient as a medicinal herb for well over 1,500 years.
* The plant has a folk history in the treatment of cancer, modern research has isolated certain compounds from the plant that show anticancer activity.
* The root is much used and relished in Chinese cooking, it has a mild flavour and a crisp texture. It can be cooked with other vegetables, soaked in syrup or pickled in vinegar. The root contains about 1.7% protein, 0.1% fat, 9.7% carbohydrate, 1.1% ash.
* Requires a rich loam. Succeeds in water up to 2.5 metres deep. In cooler climates, however, it should be grown in shallower water, though no less than 30 cm deep, which will warm up more quickly and encourage better growth and flowering. The plant is happiest with water temperatures of 23 - 27°c in the growing season and requires a five month growing season.
* The flowers have a sweet fruity perfume. more...
* Researchers report that the lotus has the remarkable ability to regulate the temperature of its flowers to within a narrow range just as humans and other warmblooded animals do.
* The flavonol miquelianin (Quercetin 3-O-glucuronide), as well as the alkaloids (+)-1(R)-coclaurine and (-)-1(S)-norcoclaurine, can be found in the leaves of N. nucifera. The plant also contains nuciferine and aporphine.
* Under favorable circumstances its seeds may remain viable for many years, with the oldest recorded lotus germination being from that of seeds 1,300 years old recovered from a dry lakebed in northeastern China. more...
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