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PlantFiles: Lotus
Nelumbo 'Momo Botan'

Family: Nelumbonaceae
Genus: Nelumbo (nee-LUM-bo) (Info)
Cultivar: Momo Botan

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ponds and Aquatics

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
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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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral lmelling On Nov 9, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Fast growing, dwarf variety of lotus. Pads are held approximately 1' above water on strong stems, as well as covering the surface of the water. Not as hardy as other lotus.

I purchased a Momo boton as a bare root and potted in a 12" shallow water lily pot. The plant grew very well and the foliage was beautiful in the pond, but it never bloomed for me. The roots quickly circled the pot and several years later I tried to divide the roots in early spring (along with another lotus) and ended up killing both plants. Have decided to leave the dividing of these to the "experts." I wish I could have seen it flower, because mine didn't in over 3 years, I only give it a neutral rating.

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

Dwarf lotus with deep rosy red double flowers that can last up to 6 days. This plant is suitable for small pond, tub, or pot. It can grow to 3 feet high. Absolutely gorgeous flowers.


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

Ocoee, Florida
Hobart, Indiana
Mount Vernon, Missouri
Averill Park, New York
Ithaca, New York
New Hyde Park, New York
Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia

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