Isn't this a wonderful bloom. Pic shows first, second, and third day blooms. Look at how the white stamens form a star in center of lily. Profuse bloomer also. This is a young plant. Wonder what it will do for me next year. LOL. Hope you enjoy the pic.
Yes it is very tropical. Have to take in tuber during the winter. This is my first year at watergardening and I have collected over 30 varities of Tropicals, over 30 varities of Hardies, and 20 varities of Lotus. It is going to be a interesting fall/winter for us. Have to find room to store all these tropicals and lotus that I have collected. Thank god the hardies can stay in pond over winter. Lotus could have, but I am growing them outside of pond in pots. So pray for me. I need it. LOL.
I just read that Lotus will do fine outdoors in a pot that is sunk up to the rim. I will have to find that again and post it. The site said they are hardy in 6. Now, before I stick both feet in my mouth, are there two types of Lotus? lol
There are just 2 recognized species of the genus Nelumbo (Lotus): N. Lutea (Willdenow) persoon, the native American Species, and N. Nucifera Gaertner, native to the orient, the philippines, north Australia, Egypt and the Volga River Delta at the Caspian Sea in Russia.
But in these 2 species, there are tons of different Varities. Both Hardy and Tropical. I have both varities. They also come in all sizes. From Bowl Lotus to Giant Lotus. So lotus can be for anysize pond or pot.
Hey Mama T, I grew them from seed 3-4 years ago when I had my first small water garden. It was not that hard. The mistake I made, was trying to winter them over in an aquarium. Maybe you can get seeds?? They make tubers fairly quickly.
Where are you finding these plants to purchase for your water garden or gardens?
I'm sure that they wouldn't be hardy here in zone 4, but could they be wintered over dry and covered in fruit cellar that is kept cold and dark?
I winter over my other water lilies that way, keeping them covered with black plastic so no light reaches them.
I purchase plants all over the web and from a guy in Hawaii. I am going to over winter my tropicals by taking the corns and cutting the leaves off and roots and storing them in coffee cans in moist sand this winter. Will put them in my closet or laundry room that does get to warm but not freezing. replant them this spring after danger of frost.