How to Grow Lotus
Lotus plants are a well-known and symbolic water plant to many warmer parts of the world. Some will tolerate temperate climates. Their stunning flowers (held above the water line) come in a range of colours and their floating leaves have been admired for centuries. Actually an aquatic perennial, the lotus will spread via a creeping rhizome (with some species producing an edible ‘tuber’) to all areas of a dam where the water is the right depth. Too shallow and it won’t do well, too deep and it will not grow. Lotus are similar to a water lily, but generally require a warmer temperature and are more suited to tropical areas. As well as producing the edible tuber, the seeds are also edible and the pods of these plants are used in floristry. Available from water garden specialists either in a pot, or as a rhizome division. Select a variety suitable to your area.
Full sun in water to a depth of 30-40cm
Prefer be kept wet and in warmer water
Active growing during warmer months. Plant in spring from rhizome or division