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.


Nelumbo lutea

Also known as

Yellow lotus, Water-chinquapin and Volée

How to care for American Lotus


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 located in Washington, District of Columbia.

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size


Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for American Lotus in Washington, District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia

43% Low

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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Washington, District of Columbia ⛅.

American Lotus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


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.

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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for American Lotus

American Lotus

American Lotus

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

Trending in your area

Similar to American Lotus

Discover rare plants

This plant is popular in