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PlantFiles: Lotus
Nelumbo 'Chawan Basu'

Family: Nelumbonaceae
Genus: Nelumbo (nee-LUM-bo) (Info)
Cultivar: Chawan Basu

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USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

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Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive greenpixies On Sep 14, 2010, greenpixies from Natchitoches, LA wrote:

One of the true joys of our extensive gardens! Ours generally reach between 4 and 4.5 feet high, though this is infact a dwarf. Blossoms have an unusual 'herby' scent. Dried seed pods are alien and gorgeous. Best grown is giant minipond pots or ponds. Deeper is better to avoid tubers from drying out. Be sure to add floating aquatic plants, aquatic plant fertilizer tabs in growing months and 'mosquito dunks' or other bt to be free from mosquitos. If you need extensive growing info for this and other lotus, it can be found for free on Bonniesplants website.

Neutral nevadagdn On Mar 24, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

I killed two dwarf lotuses so far. It turns out lotuses like much warmer water than I can provide, even with an aquarium heater jammed in the pot. Nights here are too cold, even in midsummer, and water stays cold as well.

Neutral tcfromky On Oct 16, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This flower is a single white with pink edges. Flowers are 5 inches across and leaves are up to 15 inches across. This plant is a Japanese lotus and can reach up to 3 feet high. It is good for containers, tubs, or pots. It is considered to be a dwarf lotus.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Natchitoches, Louisiana
Medford, New Jersey
Pickens, South Carolina
Big Stone Gap, Virginia

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