Update: ALL of the embryos died, except ONE!
Here is a photo of my first genuine American lotus leaf. Lotus leaves are very interesting as they only have a emersed form. The leaves shoot straight to the surface and are naturally water repellant.
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This leaf is about 2 inches across. A second and third leaf are still developing below the waterline.
I have three lotus seeds left and I decided to score and soak them to try to grow them. I don’t want to rely on a single seedling for my success. So far 1 sprouted and the other 11 lotuses died or were eaten 😭. Hopefully I have a productive summer with lots of new growth! I’m going to try to grow the other seeds in pots with soil and STS. How fully this current lotus will anchor itself and grow into the soil of my patio pond.