Follow the Planting Instructions Below : Sowing: At a proper temperature(above 16 C or 61 F) and sunshine,the seed can be sowed at any time of a year.It takes only 50 to 60 days from sowing to blossoming.It will be a little longer in autumn (60-80days), without any dormant period; Seed treatment: Cut a small hole on the sunken end of the seed; Be careful not to hurt the embryo Seed germination: In the summer, keep the seed submerged in water (20C-30C or 68 F-86F will be better),and chang the water twice a day, It will germinate in 3~7 days and grow 2~3 small leaves in two weeks . Transplanting:Two weeks before transplanting the plant, put in a half basin of garden soil or soil without any chemical pollution, immerse the soil into the water and don`t fertilize the plant. Carefully transplant the seedlings into the soil, each one in a basin. keep the leaves above the water surface. Autumn and winter management: 2-3 weeks after transplanting, fertilize the plants properly, keep the temperature above 16 C (61 F). daily care : 1) Fertilize your lotus using pond tabs. Pond tablets are specially made for use with aquatic plants. Small varieties only need about 2 tablets, but large varieties may need 4 tablets. If growing your lotus from seed, do not fertilize during the first year of growth. Begin fertilizing after a lotus tuber sprouts six leaves. Add fertilizer every three to four weeks. Stop fertilizing in the middle of July. If you do not stop, the plant will not be able to prepare for dormancy. 2) Watch for pests. Aphids and caterpillars are known to be attracted to lotus leaves, so you may need to apply a small amount of powdered pesticide to the leaves in order to kill these pests. Do not apply liquid pesticides, however, since liquid pesticides are more likely to burn the leaves.