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Nelumbo nucifera (Sacred lotus)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.5m
Max height
3m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Nelumbo nucifera

Other names

Sacred lotus, Chinese arrowroot, Chinese waterlily, Eastern Indian lotus, Egyptian sacred bean, Padma, Water bean, Indian lotus, Eastern lotus

Genus

Nelumbo Nelumbo

Species

N. nucifera - N. nucifera is a tender, aquatic, spreading, deciduous perennial with peltate, flat or concave, wavy-margined, rounded, mid-green leaves and, in summer, long, erect, prickly stems bearing fragrant, cupped, single or double, pink or white flowers followed by flat-topped seed capsules.


Nelumbo nucifera is: Deciduous

Habit

Spreading, Suckering

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Blue-green in Spring; Blue-green in Summer; Blue-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse whitefly , Glasshouse red spider mite Glasshouse whitefly , Glasshouse red spider mite

General care

Pruning

Remove faded foliage as needed.

Propagation

Sow seed in containers filled with loam in spring at a minimum of 25C. Cover containers with 5cm of water, increasing water depth and container size until large enough to plant. Divide rhizomes carefully as they resent disturbance.

Propagation methods

Seed, Root cuttings, Division


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Where to grow

Nelumbo nucifera (Sacred lotus) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Containers, Conservatory, Aquatic

Cultivation

In an outdoor pond, grow in loam with well-rotted manure or compost in large containers. As the plant grows, gradually lower containers to reach a maximum depth of 40-60cm. In frost-prone areas, overwinter indoors or under glass.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Pond/In water

Soil pH

Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Nelumbo nucifera

Other names

Sacred lotus, Chinese arrowroot, Chinese waterlily, Eastern Indian lotus, Egyptian sacred bean, Padma, Water bean, Indian lotus, Eastern lotus

Genus

Nelumbo Nelumbo

Species

N. nucifera - N. nucifera is a tender, aquatic, spreading, deciduous perennial with peltate, flat or concave, wavy-margined, rounded, mid-green leaves and, in summer, long, erect, prickly stems bearing fragrant, cupped, single or double, pink or white flowers followed by flat-topped seed capsules.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Spreading, Suckering


Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Blue-green in Spring; Blue-green in Summer; Blue-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse whitefly , Glasshouse red spider mite

General care

Pruning

Remove faded foliage as needed.

Propagation

Sow seed in containers filled with loam in spring at a minimum of 25C. Cover containers with 5cm of water, increasing water depth and container size until large enough to plant. Divide rhizomes carefully as they resent disturbance.

Propagation methods

Seed, Root cuttings, Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Nelumbo nucifera (Sacred lotus) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Containers, Conservatory, Aquatic

Cultivation

In an outdoor pond, grow in loam with well-rotted manure or compost in large containers. As the plant grows, gradually lower containers to reach a maximum depth of 40-60cm. In frost-prone areas, overwinter indoors or under glass.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Pond/In water

Soil pH

Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Nelumbo nucifera (Sacred lotus)

Common pest name

assam thrips; castor thrips; chilli thrips; yellow tea thrips

Scientific pest name

Scirtothrips dorsalis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

EU listed pest for citrus but highly polyphagous and intercepted on a number of hosts. EU legislation should be updated to reflect wider host list.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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