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KevinMcFoyDunn
Jun 14, 2020 12:49 PM CST
So I live in terror of drowning my giant Nelumbo nucifera v. Pekinensis rubra, observing when removing dead stalks in late fall the bog-standard precautions about not cutting stems except well above the waterline and otherwise being careful about anything that could act as a conduit of water to the tuber. Now I have a runner in the water feature whose rhizome is so robust that it's put out a substantial standing leaf. I'd like to make a present of it to a friend interested in giving lotus cultivation a go, and am soliciting info about severing the runner from the parent plant without doing any harm to the latter. Thanks in advance for whatever counsel may be sent my way.
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oneeyeluke
Jun 15, 2020 12:32 AM CST
Can you post photos?
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KevinMcFoyDunn
Jun 15, 2020 7:30 AM CST
@oneeyeluke : Sure. The process at issue is entirely under water except for the leaf it's put out, so I doubt these snaps I'm posting will do much to illuminate the situation; I provide them more than anything else for general reference. The first shows what can be seen of the pot in which the leaf (the one to the left in the foreground) and rhizome are at present confined; they're at the end of a long brown tubular runner going over the rim of the pot and reaching to the pot containing the parent lotus. The second is the lotus as it looks at the moment, about two weeks before the first bud opens; the tallest leaf-stalk is right now about a meter above the water, and will rise a few cm more before it's done, while the blossoms will reach above the leaves by a few more cm. The third is a flower from a couple of seasons ago; its diameter is about 26cm.

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Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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oneeyeluke
Jun 15, 2020 8:53 AM CST
Those are so pretty and I know nothing about lotus runners. Maybe someone else can give you some guidance. You are doing a wonderful job growing them. Kevin try asking your question on Ponds and Water Gardening forum below, they can help you the best, because they're the water gardening experts. Thanks for sharing your cool water garden with us.
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needrain
Jun 15, 2020 9:01 AM CST
I can't answer the question, but if the reply comes from a different source than this forum I'd sure like to see it. I'm growing American lotus - the yellow one - but not doing a great job with it. I think mine might have needed or still need some fertilize pellets to give it some energy. I yank dying growth off all the time as far below the surface of the water as I can. I didn't know that might be harmful. In the fall, I've just let it go dormant on its own.
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