The pink lotus plant is an aquatic perennial that is the national flower of both India and Vietnam. The plant is native to Australia and Southern Asia. Lotus grows in shallow water and is not tolerant of cold weather. The plant attaches its tuber roots into the bottom mud layer of a pond and produces long stems that reach the water surface. The large leaves and fragrant flower float on the top of the water. Its seeds germinate quickly and are easy to grow under the right conditions.
Purchase fresh seed or use seed that was collected and stored from the previous growing season. Place a nick in each seed with a sharp knife or scrape with a file to create a break in the hard shell.
Place the seeds in a clean 2-liter plastic bottle. Pour hot water (not boiling) into the bottle and place it in a bright area. Shake the bottle each time you pass it until the seeds begin to sprout. Rinse the seeds and replace the water with fresh hot water if it becomes cloudy.
Fill aquatic pots with sterile potting soil and bury the sprouted seed several inches deep, leaving part of the sprout showing. Cover the top of the pot with a layer of aquarium gravel to prevent the soil from washing out of the pot.
Place the pots in an aquarium or pond so the pot is submerged 1 inch.
Keep the water temperature at 72 degrees F until the plant is established. Verify the temperature with a water thermometer.
Transplant the lotus plant to an outdoor pond or to a new location once there are two to three true leave present on the stem.
Move the lotus plant indoors or to a greenhouse in areas where pond water freezes in the winter. Place the plant in a pan and remove the dead pads close to the tuber during winter storage.