Nymphaea caerulea – Blue Lotus (seed)
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Nymphaea caerulea has a long history of use, dating back thousands of years. A current use for the dried flowers is to soak a few in red wine overnight, strain and drink in moderation. The effects produced are evidently relaxing, sedating and produce a feeling of contentment. The flowers are also used in smoking blends or smoked alone.
The word Nymphaea is from a Greek word nymphaia meaning water nymph. Both the rhizomes and seeds can be eaten. Now a naturalised water plant in NSW and QLD, N. caerulea (also known as N. caerulea ssp. zanzibarensis) has replaced the native Nymphaea gigantea which is now considered locally extinct in SE Qld due to sedimentation and increased disturbance in waterways. It still occurs in tropical parts of Australia. Technically called Blue Waterlily, Lotus refers to Nelumbo spp.
Care and Cultivation of Nymphaea caerulea
Nympaea caerulea seed can be sown in spring and during summer (September-February). Our seed is kept moist in sterile Coco peat, you will receive a small bag with approx 50+ seed mixed in. Sow immediately on arrival. Sprinkle this mix on the top of a pot and submerge the pot (careful not to wash seeds away) to keep wet. Make sure the water is at soil level or no deeper than 2.5 cm, and place pot in a sunny position. Or just get some really poorly drained soil, soil on top and off you go!
Germination should take 3-4 weeks.The seedlings will look like fine grass at first, developing true leaves later. When the first two or three floating leaves appear the seedling should be pricked out and planted into individual containers and immersed back in the water. They may be submerged into deeper water and larger containers as they grow and lengthen. (taken from PlantzAfrica website).
50+ seeds per packet (seeds in moist coco peat, sow on arrival)
NOT TO WA, TAS OR INTERNATIONALLY
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