Friday, September 26, 2008

Flowering lotus

I find my lotus - in a pot in a heavily sunlit area - flowers about once every 3-4 months. It works in cycles, with it dying down and most of the leaves dying, then the leaves come back and then the flower comes. I use a fertiliser recommended for lotus and always try to keep the water full. Usually there is only one flower at a time, but once I had two.

Here is one lotus blooming. From start to finish it took about 12 days, but the final full open blossom only really lasts a day or two. It's always very nice though :)

4 comments:

I likE plants! said...

That's beautiful! Do you eat the fruits?

julian said...

No fruits in lotus as far as I know - but lotus root is popular and rather nice. I never tried taking out the root on my ones, but it's an idea...

I likE plants! said...

Someone told me you can eat the little nuts inside the flower check out this link!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_seed

julian said...

Thanks, I didn't know that, though I have eaten lotus paste sweets (moon cakes) often, and they are nice :)

I will try it out next time.