So how do you get flowers anyway? The plant produces flowers in response to seasonal changes, and in
Hawai`i we don't have the temperature fluctuations that signal a change in season; the only indicators we
have of seasonal change are changes in the length of the day and whether or not Sears is selling jackets.
Since your plant is not likely to head to the local mall, the only way it knows that winter has arrived is the
sun setting at 5:30 instead of 7:00. So depending on where you live on the island, variations in sunlight
happen at different times of the year; for Kane`ohe, that happens in July/August and that is when we get
our flowering season. People in Manoa see flowers two months earlier. Some growers hang a light bulb
above their plants and run it on a timer from 10pm to 2am. While this will reliably force the plant into
blooming, we don't do it for two reasons:
1) The plants are VERY sensitive to being moved, and were we to force a bloom to sell a plant, the bud
will probably die the morning after you buy it. Unhappiness for all of us.
2) Not only is the Lotus the national flower of two countries, its also sacred to at least three of the world's
major religons and as such we have a lot of respect for the plant, and let it bloom (or not) on its own terms.
Other than our Bonsai Water-Lilies, we don't make a habit of abusing our plants.
Pretty flowers all in a
row! This was our
best flowering year!
Flower showing the yellow
center; note the pollen
stains on the petals.
The flower in the
to open for the day.
Another flower folding
open in the morning.
| Yet More About Lotus Flowers
- Lotus bloom (usually) only once each year. Generally, they bloom
the year AFTER you bring it home.
- The flower closes in the afternoon, and opens each morning.
- With each opening, the color gets lighter until they are nearly all
white. (It's why people swear they have, "white" Lotuses.)
- The cycle from first opening to dropping the petals takes about
- After the petals drop, the center develops into the seed pod loved
by flower arrangers.