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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Nelumbo lutea-American Lotus

Propagating American Lotus is easy since American Natives ate the tubers as sweet potatoes and the leaves as spinach. Cut the tubers that have at least 2 eyes and then replant into soil in pots with at least 6" of water on top, but not more then 4 feet, with the pot sitting in soil. They need to be fertilized once a month and requires full sun. Initially is was a native to the Southeast but spread throughout the country, is prohibited in Connecticut but endangered in Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Hardy in Zones 4-11. Its bloom is a light yellow, reaches a foot in diameter, and flowers from mid summer through early fall.

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