Nelumbo nuciferaHasu – ハス – 蓮Indian Lotus
Normally, Lotus is frost-resistant as long as the rhizome has 30cm water above it.
It likes sandy-clay-soil and needs several days above 20°C to start building flowers. If you want to plant Lotus, do it in spring as long as the plant hasn’t grown new leaves.
The rhizome and bud should not break. Otherwise, the plant will die.
Please note the difference between water lily and Lotus! They are different plants and you can tell them apart when you watch the leaves and flowers!
Water lily has a cut in its leaves and a different color. In the middle of the flowers of Lotus, you can find the seed head that is so famous in flower arrangements!
Lotus is used in very different ways. You can eat the rhizome and young leaves, stems, and seeds. The rhizome is also used in traditional medicine. You can make a tea out of the stem.
There are only two variations of Nelumbo. Nelumbo nucifera and Nelumbo lutea. N. lutea is native to Asia and North Australia.
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