This lotus blossom picture, which is also seen on the bottom of this site, was taken by me on the afternoon of June 16, 2009.
It was a windy day. As you can see despite the wind, the picture came out very sharply detailed. Do you see the ripples in the water? They make a nice background don't they? What a happy accident.
I also built the pond it grew in. It was the largest pond I ever built, fifty feet across at the widest, and about 4 feet deep on average.
That above image is a much larger file than the one at the bottom of this site. It's just under one megabyte. You can download the picture and do as you wish with it. Having it professionally printed and framed is a great idea. I did that and it turned out very well.
According to some believers, lotus blossoms are thought to symbolize spiritual transformation, as in rising up from the muck and mire of ego-mind domination to the unfolding beauty of spiritual awakening and God-Self recognition.
If you have ever done any digging in swampy soil or perhaps drained and cleaned out an aquarium that has been set up for a long time, you know about muck and mire. It stinks.
The sacred beliefs accorded to the lotus go back at least to ancient India and ancient Egypt. Today the flower is believed sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. It is also the official flower of India and Vietnam.
Using the image of this sacred flower in your spiritual practice would provide you with a powerful symbol. There is a tremendous amount of collective belief associated with it going back many thousands of years.
There is already plenty of good information out there about the beliefs of people who have associated spiritual energy with this magnificent flower. I'll not get into it here.
They only like being grown from a piece of root, rhizome, or tuber (these terms are apparently interchangeable to everyone but botanists) started in mid-winter down south to very early spring up north.
I started mine in sandy soil that was layered on top of plain rich dirt. If you get it from a swamp that's even better. Don't use potting soil. Potting soil is way too light. Using potting soil would be very foolish.
Plant the root just below the surface of the soil with the growth tip just above the surface of the soil and keep it covered with about 2-3 inches of water until you see growth, then you can cover it with any amount of water up to about 4 or 5 feet.
Use rain water if you can. If you can't use rain water pond water is good. If you can't get pond or rain water fill a tub with tap water and let it sit for a few days outdoors so the chemicals dissipate.
You don't need a pond. A nice tub will do fine. If you bury the tub to the rim it'll look remarkably natural. They don't need a lot of depth but can grow in very deep water when naturalized. They tend to take over ponds when naturalized.
Even if you have a pond, in my opinion you're better off growing lotus in tubs. They won't be invasive and you can treat them for fungus infection if needed very easily.
Instead of repotting them every few years as suggested in some circles, just feed them regularly using fertilizer stakes. They literally grow like weeds once started and some varieties are very cold hardy.
If you want to eat it you can. Fertilizer used in this case should be organic and put in a piece of cotton cheesecloth tied with cotton string and buried at the edge of the root zone.
You're welcome to download the lotus blossom picture below as a larger file, which is just under one megabyte. Click here to get it for your Self. May it facilitate you in your spiritual journey. Namaste.