The parent plant of this seed is a large deep pink to red lotus, can grow 4.5 to 6.5 feet tall. Grow in a very large wide pot (16 inches wide or more) with 4 inches of water above the mud for the first year. We also sell Deacon deGarmeaux Lotus tubers if you want an exact vegetative copy of this plant.
We want to be very upfront that seed of ANY Hybrid Lotus variety is not a genetic duplicate of the parent plant (any lotus except the two species in the world... you know it is a cultivar or variety by it having a non-latin name as you see here).
Seed will have a high percentage of the DNA of the parent though it very well may be up to 50% different. This is how new cultivars are made. A single cultivar crossed with itself will be more than 50% the same genetic code, if it was crossed with another variety it will be highly variable. So by purchasing seed of a cultivar, be sure not to call it the same plant that you purchased. It is for all intents and purposes a new seedling or cultivar if it was to be propagated and registered.
Seed is easy to grow. It will take longer to bloom than a tuber. If you follow our directions closely and plant at the proper time of year (Late April-May is good in the Northern Hemisphere). Planting outside that timeline is not a good idea and too often a waste. Plants do not do well indoors so starting them too early before they can be planted outside in mild weather will cause them to be very weak. Also, starting them later into July, Aug or September is not a good idea as they will grow--but they wont make tubers before fall and are unlikely to survive the first winter. Sowing seed April into May should be fine.
There is no such thing as a blue lotus, those are all photo shopped images on amazon and ebay. If the plant purchased from one of those vendors grows it will be in the same color range you see here. Pink, Red, Versicolor, White, or Yellow. Blue and Purple Hues are not in the two species of lotus all the cultivars start with.