My first bowl lotus is budding out . Two buds so far, one day nothing, the next day two buds above the water! YIPPEE! I just got this tuber a month ago.Grows very fast. I have it in a shallow 14 " diameter bowl.I got the start off of Ebay. They claim that these can bloom from seeds in two months. This one is supposed to be white with a pink edge.We will see shortly. :-)
These are a whole new form of lotus. short lenth tubers between the joints and on and on. They originated in China and some are small enough they can grow them in large tea cups.The down side is that they will have small flowers too.But hey ...gotta luv em!
A nursery in Texas sells about 30 kinds of these.along with about 100 kinds of large lotus.I slobbered all over the keyboard just looking at their catalog online.
Kyle! Good to see you again. You are still such an enabler though, LOL, that lotus site is the best I have seen. I have been growing lotus in bowls for years. They put on such a show and are so easy. Keep the water topped off, fertilize regularly and you are good to go.
They are pretty heavy feeders. I give each pot a tablet or two once a month depending on how hungry they look. Sometimes the leaves get pale, which is not unusual in this intense heat, so I will give them some fresh water to cool things down and a suplimental feeding. My plants are potted in plastic buckets, about 2 gallons, which are set into the decorative bowls. I started using the Highland Rim tabs this year and have been pleased, I think I am seeing far more flowers.
After looking at that site, I know I am going to be on the lookout for interesting containers all winter. There are so many pretty new ones I want to try now and lotus are so easy.
The heat can reallly do a number on these plants. While our temps have not been as extreme as your, the steady heat does warm the water in the bowl and I believe it contributes to the stress. I often let the water run a bit longer and stir it around a bit when I top off the bowls to lower the water temp throughout.
In the past I used any pond tabs I could find but this year I am using the Highland Rim brand and have been pleased with the number of flowers I am getting.
You can indeed plant those seeds. There are several threads about growing lotus from seeds here on DG. I know you have to sand off a bit of the hard outer shell with a nail file or sandpaper then soak the seed for a few days so the water can penetrate. I'll see if I can't find the info for you.
ardesia - Where are you purchasing the Highland Rim tablets? How are you over wintering your bowl lotus?
I've grown the bowl lotus from seed. It took me about two years to get a bloom. The seed may or may not look like the parent. In the past, I would sand the seed down; however, I found it easier and faster to use the cutting wheel on a drimmel drill to nick the side of the seeds.
I found them on Amazon, I just went looked through them all until I found the best price. You can just google Highland Rim Water Plant tabs and plenty of options will come up.
My climate is mild and all I have to do is cut off the dead stems and leave the pots in the water. In late January or February I divide the roots and re-plant, it is important to do this before they start growing.
Carolyn, I just drain off the water before a hard frost and just keep the soil slightly moist and on the floor in the basement where it is cool but not cold.They go to sleep and then I move them back outside in May.If they are crowded then I'll have to divide them and make some new pots.Just never let them get bone dry.
Oh, it's beautiful. And I am glad I 'tuned in." I can put my water lilies in the basement in the mud. Hmmm. Should I cover them to keep them wet longer or would that make them mold. Just leave the tops of the tubs open? And mud not standing water?