Growing Water Lotus
The Water Lotus is a beautiful flowering plant that grows totally submerged in water. The flowers come in a range of colours from pure white, through to yellows, pinks and reds. And I warn you, they are addictive!
I have a beautiful lotus, that has apricot coloured buds and opens to a soft creamy yellow with apricot tips.
However, I recently acquired another Water Lotus rhizome for my garden (see photo). The new plant has a deep pink bud and opens to a fabulous vivid pink flower.
Aside from its beautiful flowers, the lotus has great plate sized green leaves. These help give the garden a lush tropical feel (see photo below).
So why grow water lotus?
Aside from being a beautiful plant, most people don’t realise that the Lotus flowers, seeds, young leaves and rhizomes are all edible!
So it is a great addition to the Edible Garden.
Lotus plants are actually quite easy to grow. All you need to do is to plant the rhizome in mud and ensure that its rhizomes are always completely submerged in water. It also needs to get lots of sun and the occasional feed.
This is one plant that won’t do well is potting mix. I had to go and find a building site so I could get some lovely red “Redlands clay”.
It is now happily in its new home beside the recently installed Bali Hut, which somehow seemed a fitting new home.
I can’t wait for it to flower so I can share more photos of the beautiful perfumed blooms!
from Rohanne, your Personal Garden Expert