overviewThe Chawan basu lotus is a dwarf lotus well suited for container gardening, that has blooms that are from 5 to 9 inches in diameter. Chawan basu translates to rice bowl lotus. All Asia lotus varieties available today are hybrid variations of Nelumbo nucifera. The petals are an ivory-white with deep pink margins and veins. There are 21 to 22 petals on each flower. Leaves measure 14 to 17 inches with the plant growing 2 to 4 feet tall. The Chawan basu does well in tubs and kettles in the full sun, but be advised, flowers may wilt in the hot summer climate. Pot in round, shallow container of 20 gallons or more, in 2 to 18" of water.
If your lotus is already potted and has been wintered inside, set it out on your porch in full sun. Keeping it there until the water in the pot is approximately 80°F will get it to bloom sooner. Wait until leaves have started to grow and the pond temperature is above 70°F before submerging the lotus pot in your pond. This prevents the plant from going into shock.
If possible, do not allow water to sit on the surface of the leaves; this will create burns. After a rain shower, tip leaves to allow water to run off them. Lotus leaves naturally repel water, but sometimes rain can puddle in the center. Lotus should be repotted every 3 to 5 years to maintain proper growth. The smaller the pot, the more often it will need to be repotted.
Our lotus plants are shipped as a bare root tuber with no leaves. The approximate shipping size of the tuber is 2" to 4". Zones 5-11.
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