How to Plant Lotus Flowers


Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) are aquatic perennials that boast pink and white flowers. They have unusually long stems that are filled with small air pockets. These air pockets work to keep the lotus plant afloat in water. You can plant your own lotus plant at home, but you must follow the proper steps, as lotus plants are slightly harder to grow than most other plants.

Step 1

Place your lotus seeds in a glass of warm water to begin germination. If your water has chlorine in it, let the water sit for 24 hours so the chlorine has time to dissipate.

Step 2

Fill a 4-inch pot halfway with heavy clay loam soil. Make sure the flower pot does not have any drainage holes.

Step 3

Stick your finger 1 inch down in to the soil and place a sprouted lotus seed in it. Then, cover the seed back up with soil. Repeat this step for each of your lotus seeds. Each lotus seed will need its own pot.

Step 4

Water the pot until the water is 2 inches above the soil. Set the pot in the sun to keep the water temperature above 60 degrees F.

Step 5

Use a general aquatic plant fertilizer tablet to fertilize your lotus plants. You do not need to do this very often during the first year. Stick with once at the beginning of the spring, and once at the beginning of the summer.

Step 6

Transplant to a large flower pot or container when the lotus plant begins to get bigger. Use the same type of soil and water. Make sure the container does not have any drainage holes. You don't want the roots growing through them.

Tips and Warnings

  • If any seeds float when you place them in the glass of warm water, pluck them out and throw them away. These seeds are not viable.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass
  • Flower pot
  • Heavy clay loam
  • Generic aquatic plant fertilizer
  • Larger pot


  • University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service: Nelumbo nucifera
  • Sweet Bar College: Growing Lotus From Seed
  • University of Illinois Extension: Water Gardening
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