1,000-petalled lotus blooms in Bengalurean’s farm | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Tuesday was a blissful day for techie-turned-farmer Jyothi Bettadapura Nagaraj as a flower with 1,000 petals bloomed from her 75-day-old lotus plant. The flower is considered a rare yield among aquatic farmers.
Jyothi, a software professional in the US, returned to Bengaluru a few years ago and took to farming with special focus on aquatic gardening.
She converted the terrace of her RR Nagar home into a garden with vegetables and flowers. Jyothi then began cultivating aquatic flowering plants at her farm in Kadujakkasandra village of Ramanagara district.
All her efforts bore fruit on Tuesday. “In the morning, I noticed that a lotus tuber which was planted in May in a water pot bore an Ultimate Thousand Petal flower, well-known as UTP. It was a delightful sight,” a thrilled Jyothi said.
Claiming it was the first such lotus to bloom in this region, Jyothi said it blossomed with over 1,000 petals and is considered quite an achievement in aquatic gardening circles.
There have been stories of 1,000 petals blossoming in parts of Kerala and farmers flaunting the pink flower much to the awe of others. But not much was heard about the flower in Karnataka. “I firmly believe it’s the first in the region and a number of aquatic farmer groups which I’m part of have vouched for it,” she added.

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