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.

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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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!


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Care Summary for 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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