The Daily Bucket–Love and Lotuses

About three weeks ago, Saint-nominee Attack Gardener sent me 5 lotus seeds that were almost 10 years old. I followed Yubtube instructions on scarring the seeds before placing them in water.  Remarkably, all the seeds sank in water, showing they were not dried out. 

I talked to them in a wee voice, and freshened their home in a shallow vase with warm water:

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I cast their fate onto the waters on Dec. 5.

Well what do you expect from Ten-year-old seeds;  9 days went by without any action.  The internet says the seeds only last 3 years, tops. Even fresh seeds don’t germinate 100%.  Some did germinate a 2000 year old lotus seed, but come on.

And then on the evening of the tenth day I was up late and thought I heard some splashing. I checked on the lotus seeds. 

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They live; 100% germination on 12/15. I was so excited!

The sprouts climbed towards the water’s surface.  I added water, but an hour or two later they’d be poking through again.  I tried to watch them but somehow they fogged my mind.

All last week the table shook a little at night, where the lotuses were germinating. Here is a picture just seven days after they first poked out of their shells.

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The sprouts are now 7 inches tall, having grown about an inch/day. Air temperature was 71 F.

Now I am transplanting them into an aquarium tank which will be too small, very soon.

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Toilet paper provided for scale. The clay dirt is from the Missoula Flood.

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The old and new containers. The new container contains two inches more of muddy water.  I pushed the seeds into the underwater clay soil.
Nonetheless, the sprouts are now poking through the water’s surface, just a few hours later, having apparently grown another two inches.

I was unnerved when one of the seedlings hissed, ”feed me Seymour,” while I was transplanting it.Next time I transplant these seeds, it will be into five, 5 gallon Buckets!

It is true that these seeds germinated over the Solstice, and are near several vortexes and crystals.  But their vigorous germination and growth after a decade sealed inside a plastic bag is worth noting. Perhaps our own love and hope energizes the lotuses.

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