Lotus Plants from seed.

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Hello guys
Currently my lotus are all dead and i'm planning to grow new ones very soon .

I'm attaching how it looked before it all was rotten and dead.

some information :
the water aren't really deep.
the plant received a lot of sun.
i changed the water weekly.
there are 3 rosy barb fish inside.
i tried fertilizing - didn't work (only after they looked like that )
there's tuff soil,no mud or anything.

i'd appreciate any help with those flowers!
 

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Hello guys
Currently my lotus are all dead and i'm planning to grow new ones very soon .

I'm attaching how it looked before it all was rotten and dead.

some information :
the water aren't really deep.
the plant received a lot of sun.
i changed the water weekly.
there are 3 rosy barb fish inside.
i tried fertilizing - didn't work (only after they looked like that )
there's tuff soil,no mud or anything.

i'd appreciate any help with those flowers!
Hello aegon and welcome to GPF. Were the lotus that died all young seedlings? If so, fertilizing is probably why they died. You need to wait until you have several aerial leaves before attempting to add fertilizer.
 
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Welcome @aegon - I would add to that advice to stop changing the water. Your lotus doesn't need fresh water, in fact they prefer it when it's rather mucky and full of good nutrients.
 
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I grew about 36 lotus seedlings this spring, and every single one of them died. :cry: I'm following this thread now to get ideas for the future, for I'd like to try again!

I started mine in dechlorinated water. Once the green was about 4-6 inches long, I carefully moved each seedling to a container with aquatic soil (no fertilizer, just dense soil). Around 18 survived that move and sent out their first leaves. Around 12 wound up having at least three leaves, but in a 36-hour period, every single one of them became mushy and died. The weird thing was that they weren't all in the same container, so it isn't as though they all got a fungus or something from the same water.

I'm looking forward to seeing what others say about your lotuses. Maybe that will help me with future attempts.
 
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Hello aegon and welcome to GPF. Were the lotus that died all young seedlings? If so, fertilizing is probably why they died. You need to wait until you have several aerial leaves before attempting to add fertilizer.
Hello! thanks a lot :)
I'm not quite sure ,but they were about 3 months old.
They also started dying before i added the fertilizer (attached a picture of how some of them looked).
is it maybe the tuff soil? or maybe the level water wasn't sufficient?
 

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Interesting. I've never heard of it - but it sounds like hypertufa, which is basically lightweight cement.
 
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Thinking the ph of the tuff may be the issue. Kitty litter is the cheapest clay soil you will find. Just make sure its plain with no additives.
 

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Welcome to our group!

I used clay kitty litter.
 
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Haven't thought of that, thanks a lot you guys!
Hopefully i'll get the seeds soon.

also one more question, what should be the depth of the water? (from where i planted the seeds to the water level)
a friend told me it might have overheated as well so i wondered if it may be one of the reasons.
 

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I start mine by just putting the seeds in water until they sprout roots. Then 4-6" water with the clay soil.
 
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