Re: Lotus question
From what I hear there is a terrestrial plant called Lotus, but it is not a
Nelumbo. That is a bog/water plant. These are often grown in whiskey
barrels. One is definitely enough, they do grow huge. It is a tuber, which is
planted sideways just under the surface of the soil. When dormant, it is easiest
to transplant, but one has to be very careful not to harm the growing tips.
They don't need deep water at all, but definitely need something that will
HOLD water. So the barrel would have to have a liner to keep the soil moist
and at least have some water over the soil.
There are many different varieties, some named, others not....of Lotus.
They come in all different sizes too, some are best suited for barrels and
such...others, like the native varieties, do get very large, and can (and will)
break a container they are in. In many parts of the country they are
considered invasive. They grow wild here in the bayous and waterways, and often cover
large areas. The leaves are large and rounded, and unlike waterlilies
(even tropicals) grow quite high above the water. Lotus are quite spectacular
in bloom....with their blooms being held up high above the leaves.
Interesting aspect of the leaves is that they repel water. Water that hits them beads
up instantly. Quite fun to watch in the rain. The seed pods of the lotus
are quite ornamental. Lotus are easily grown from seed.....but named hybrids
might revert back to the original.
Lotus don't seem to care for extremely cold or extremely hot weather,
especially if in containers.
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 2/19/2006 4:31:04 PM Central Standard Time,
One of our MG gardens has asked me to get Lotus nelumbo for their their
barrels. Didn't give a common name. Would I be correct in thinking they
want Nelumbo nucifera, Sacred Lotus? I can't ask them, they don't know.
Also - they plan to put these in half whiskey barrels which in the past they
planted with Impatiens. They plan to plant one Agastache 'Tutti Fruiti', 3
Helichrysum 'Limelight', and 3 of these lotus in each barrel. I'm not
really grasping the concept. The lotus is a water plant, the other two like
dryish soil. I asked her if she was inserting something in the barrel to
hol the water plant, but she dodged the question. I mentioned this to the
Hort Ed and he says one lotus will be plenty, they get huge.
Any thoughts on all of this?
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