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Hey gang! I am just building my pond. Thanks to a great person, I have some plants in a tub that I'm going to put in when it's done. But I am thinking ahead to spring and wondering about some other plants. I really like the look of lotus. I am in the northern half of Ga -- my pond site will have lots of sun and our temps here are warm for most of the year.

Do any of you have lotus? Opinions on them? Tips for growing?
 
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addy does and I had 2 tubers but I babied them and they died .The guy I got them from neglected them badly .I will get more from him and neglect them .He was in NC .They have lots of video's on you tube
 
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Ooooo. Phooey. I just read that they hate heavy humidity. That's all we have here.
 
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Hate humidity? Some come from Asia where it's really humid.

I grow them ok in DC with less than full sun. I got some from Lilypons which is close by. The others are from Ten Mile Creek.

The problems I hear from other people is that their plants freeze in the winter; lower the pots to the bottom when over wintering. Be sure to have them close to the surface in the spring and feed heavily.
 
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Hate humidity? Some come from Asia where it's really humid.

I grow them ok in DC with less than full sun. I got some from Lilypons which is close by. The others are from Ten Mile Creek.

The problems I hear from other people is that their plants freeze in the winter; lower the pots to the bottom when over wintering. Be sure to have them close to the surface in the spring and feed heavily.
Well, good!!!!!!!! Maybe that information was just for a specific kind? I think they are gorgeous!
 

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It is really humid here and they grow ..Going to get another one .I talked to the guy yesterday
 
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We are really humid here, and hot and miserable, and freeze. The lotus do fine. They are in a 300 gallon stock tank, there is around a foot of kitty litter dumped in the tank. The top of the litter is around 16 inches below surface. The tubers are somewhere in the litter. I do not lower them, feed them do anything except cut the dead leaves off in the fall. That pond is never cleaned, it is fed dirty water from the big pond. No fish unless they float in via the tubing, via eggs, tiny fry.
It does STINK if you ever do move the kitty litter around. But the lotus love it! and the anacharis and the hornwort, frogs, toads, etc etc.
 
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It is really humid here and they grow ..Going to get another one .I talked to the guy yesterday
Sissy -- do you have a variety you really like? I want one that has big leaves and is tall!!!!! I want it to be my drama plant.
 
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We are really humid here, and hot and miserable, and freeze. The lotus do fine. They are in a 300 gallon stock tank, there is around a foot of kitty litter dumped in the tank. The top of the litter is around 16 inches below surface. The tubers are somewhere in the litter. I do not lower them, feed them do anything except cut the dead leaves off in the fall. That pond is never cleaned, it is fed dirty water from the big pond. No fish unless they float in via the tubing, via eggs, tiny fry.
It does STINK if you ever do move the kitty litter around. But the lotus love it! and the anacharis and the hornwort, frogs, toads, etc etc.
Addy -- are your lotus always growing outside the pond? Are any in the pond? I want to order one that is tall and has very large leaves. I know I'll have to select based on my zone. But I thought I would put them on the back side of the pond where I want a bit of a screen. They look so cool!!!! I read that I shouldn't plant right in the pond, since they can get kind of crazy.
My next purchase will be some pond planting pots. I saw some cool flexible ones online, but they were sold out.
 
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Addy -- are your lotus always growing outside the pond?
They are growing in a pond, but not in the big pond. They are in their own little 300 gallon pond. Fishless, except when a egg wanders in. There is a constant flow of water in and out of that pond, via a small flow from the pump. I have a T that sends water down a garden hose which water falls into the lotus tank. There are three small ponds that get this small flow from the big ponds pump. These ponds are full of plants. The bees, frogs, toads etc love the plants. They end up full of tads.
 

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The seeds I got on ebay were the pink peace one and the ones the guy has growing in NC ,I have no idea .But these seeds are growing great that I got on ebay .They are in my kitchen window and were 4.95 from istanbul-le on ebay and free shipping from California .
 
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Sissy this same seller is selling 50 lotus seeds of another color. I know this may be a silly question but what would I ever do with 50? It would cost a fortune just in pots.
 
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I gave some of my seeds away and growing some to give away .But 50 well that is a tad many ;)I know at one point she had mixed seeds of lotus .But there other sellers .I trust her because I have bought other seeds from her .You may be able to sell some of the seeds on here also.I am going to grow mine in a preformed pond .
 
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Hi, I grew some lotus from seeds, but timing was bad, planted them back in month of Sept, grew well with atleast five leaf, then suddenly some small brown spot appeared , at first I though it was normal aging process, I was wrong, same happened to all and entire plant died.

I am again trying to grow from seeds, planted this jan, I guess winter was hard onpprevious one.

Good thing about lotus seeds is that you can keep it for eternity if stored in dry place.:)

It has given three leaf, let's see what happens.

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Thank you Sissy. I missed out on the seeds from the seller you recommended (thought about it too long) - BUT I did order some from another seller that had a great rating. Thanks for all your help - I am SO excited to give them a go. I think I will plant some in a stock tank and on another blog I read it was recommended to dig a hole next to the pond and lower the pot into the hole rather than putting it into the pond itself. I hope to have beautiful lotus pictures to post later this year. Thanks again.
 
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I am pretty sure I'm going to develop a Lotus Problem. I just ordered a tuber online and know where it will go in my pond. Pond doesn't even have water in it yet!!!!!!
I'm also thinking -- what if I did another dedicated lotus pot/pond and grew some of the big ones next to my pond?
One thing at a time!!!!!!! :)
 

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