We purchased a small cutting of a beautiful lotus for our water garden last year. I hadn’t even thought of growing them until I visited Tadege in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He has the most gorgeous lotus plants growing all over his backyard oasis. I assumed they would be too tropical for Southwest Florida and I assumed I needed a huge pond to grow them in. I was soooo wrong.
I now have several pots of lotus growing in our small, backyard pond. Since we had such a cold winter last year, I took them out of the pond over the winter and put them in a few pots of water to keep them wet. The lotus were dormant and the pots looked like there was nothing in them but soil and rocks. (I cover the tops of the pots with rocks to keep the soil from floating to the surface of the pond). I didn’t pay them much attention to them over the winter. They even dried out a couple of times.
When the weather warmed up this year, the lotus came back to life. I was so happy to see them as I absolutely adore these plants! I found a great website called Winter Care Lotus with lots of information about how to over-winter lotus.
I put the pots with the emerging lotus back into our pond. They are surprising us with flower after flower.
The lotus grows well in pots used for water gardens. It stands to reason that the bigger, the better for the pot size that is used. I think that a 3o gallon pot is sufficient. TaDeGe says a 15 gallon pot is sufficient. I have lotus growing in several of my pots that I use as water gardens. The lotus that is growing in our small pond is being decimated by our three ducks. I have to come up with a solution to this problem.
I bought my original lotus from TaDeGe in Ft. Lauderdale, but he sells it as a “pick up only”. I found a website, aboutthelotus.com, that has a list of places all over the U.S. to buy lotus. You can grow lotus from seed but it is better to start it from a cutting.
Did you know that lotus is edible? It’s a staple of the Asian diet. Grayson and I couldn’t wait to try some lotus root. My next post is going to tell you all about our experience eating lotus.
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