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Jan 13, 2022 6:01 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Lotus 'Holy Fire'

Very, very easy to grow, & great bloomer.

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Jan 13, 2022 6:34 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Excellent banner Cal!
As Yogi Berra said, β€œIt's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
Jan 13, 2022 6:44 PM CST
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6b)
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Ooh! I rarely see a lotus in these parts! Very lovely!
Jan 13, 2022 7:23 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Has an alien flavor to it! Cool! Hilarious!
Jan 13, 2022 9:00 PM CST
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Stupendous banner! Couldn't be better, it's ideal in every aspect. Love it.πŸ’– πŸ’– πŸ’– πŸ’– πŸ’–
Jan 14, 2022 2:02 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Here's a video & a few more pics....not sure of the names of the others.

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Jan 14, 2022 7:56 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Your banners are always a delight, in part because of all the extra goodies you share with us. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
I post high resolution photos (nature, travel, and other subjects) on smugmug
Jan 14, 2022 12:14 PM CST
Central Florida (Zone 9a)
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Holy Moley that is a beauty! Thank You!
Jan 14, 2022 1:15 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Thank you everyone for the acorns & thumbs, and especially for the nice comments. Smiling

They aren't difficult, and no more expensive than a rose or peony.
They should be divided & re-potted after 2-3yrs, which is something I
will be doing soon before they wake up.

Growing lotus is much easier, imho, than sunflowers & roses.
Just plant the tuber, and leave it alone.
I learned the hard way in 2018 after losing all 5 lotus I had purchased,
because I kept moving them around. Rolling my eyes.

No gophers, snails, etc. I have found an occasional worm or
katydid (last year) munching on the leaves, but not a big problem.

Just need a round tub, 4" of garden soil, 4-6" of water,
6hr of sunlight. That's it. Smiling

I fed them 2x during the growing season with
Winchester Gardens Highland Rim Aquatic Fertilizer

Lotus take little room....they grow up, not out like water lilies,
so are perfect for containers.

These are the suppliers I have used & recommend:
Ten Mile Creek Nursery
BTW, if you speak with the owner, Laura Bancroft,
please tell her, "Cal sent me." Green Grin!

Bergen Water Gardens in NY

If you've ever considered (or not) trying to grow lotus,
I hope you will give these awesome plants a try this year,
so you can enjoy them first hand. Thumbs up
Jan 14, 2022 1:42 PM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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Beautiful banner Cal!
Jan 14, 2022 1:43 PM CST
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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Fleur569 said:Stupendous banner! Couldn't be better, it's ideal in every aspect. Love it.πŸ’– πŸ’– πŸ’– πŸ’– πŸ’–

I agree It's absolutely gorgeous!
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AKA Joey.
Jan 14, 2022 6:28 PM CST
Zone 5
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Your photos and the video were enchanting.
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