Plant Care American Lotus

American Lotus

About American Lotus

American Lotus is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is a fun challenge to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

American Lotus likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.

American Lotus belongs to the Nelumbo genus, and is native to Southeast Canada to Mexico, the Greater Antilles, and Colombia.

Taxonomy

Nelumbo lutea
Nelumbo
Nelumbonaceae
Proteales

Also known as

Yellow lotus, Water-chinquapin and Volée

How to care for American Lotus

💦 Water

How often to water your American Lotus

Water needs for American Lotus
0.5 cups
every 9

American Lotus needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of American Lotus

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for American Lotus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant American Lotus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

American Lotus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

American Lotus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of American Lotus in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize American Lotus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for American Lotus: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your American Lotus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

American Lotus can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Benefits of Growing American Lotus →

Common American Lotus Problems →


💦 Water Needs

American Lotus prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

American Lotus Water Frequency →

American Lotus Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

American Lotus requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

American Lotus Light Requirements →

American Lotus Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

American Lotus is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

When and How to Successfully Repot American Lotus →


💩 Fertilizer

American Lotus is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

How Much and When to Fertilize American Lotus →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

American Lotus grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune American Lotus →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
American Lotus can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

American Lotus Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for American Lotus

American Lotus

American Lotus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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