Ponds and Water Gardening forum: Nelumbo Lutea Flower True Color

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Name: Hendrik Gode
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Milano
Nov 2, 2016 10:35 PM CST
My dear gardener friends i want to ask what is the true color of nelumbo lutea color, is it white or white with creamy yellow or yellow? I ve been researching through the internet and they all are confusing, since i want to buy the seeds from online seller and i ask them what color they said its white ( duh , more confusing ) , so maybe u can give the right information for me, i really appreciate it ☺️☺️
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Name: Paul Anguiano
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psa
Nov 4, 2016 4:00 PM CST

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The only time I grew what was purported to be N. lutea it bloomed a very pale yellow, almost cream colored. I never found out if my lotus really was what it was supposed to be, though, and I left it behind when I moved, many years ago.
Name: Hendrik Gode
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Milano
Nov 6, 2016 6:16 PM CST
Hi Paul very thank u , hmmm i see that, well the only thing to make sure again is to buy the seeds😆😆
But i always failed when trying to grow from seeds( always died when already put 8-10 floating leaves, i dunno why )
At least give it a shot
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Nov 6, 2016 6:24 PM CST
I agree with Paul's description. We have them growing wild here and I would call them yellow, but very light and creamy looking. This is one of the wild ones growing here.
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Name: Paul Anguiano
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Nov 6, 2016 6:41 PM CST

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After a bit of research, it appears that white is a normal color for N. lutea. In particular, Perry Slocum describes them as anywhere from pure white to pale yellow, and there are authoritative pictures of purported N. lutea that are white and others that are yellow.

Seed provenance is always hard to verify, but I would expect that N. lutea seeds from a white-flowering selection would most likely be white as well.

As far as growing lotus from seed, the main failure I've seen is with lack of light. They need full sunlight from the time they germinate (in spring, so they have all summer to produce a tuber) until winter. The second most common mistake I see is placing them in sterile media (sand, aquatic planting media, clay, etc.). They do much better if there's organic matter and nutrients available before they run out of food stored in the large seed. If either of these needs aren't met the seed will germinate and do great until it runs out of food in the seed, and then fade away and die. You'll know you've succeeded when the leaves start to enlarge and/or it starts to produce its own tuber outside the seed. On the other hand, if the tuber doesn't get large enough before the end of the season, it may not last the winter, depending on where you live.

Beware poking at the young tuber when it's growing--it's very fragile.

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