Nelumbo 'Space Lotus 36' - Pink Hardy Water Lotus
Space Lotus 36 is a large, sturdy lotus that closely resembles the original Asian Sacred Lotus species, but mutated (cosmic radiation?) into a sturdier, better blooming form with slightly deeper color saturation. The bud opens as a medium pink that lightens as it opens and ages, with a yellow center that also lightens with age. Space Lotus 36 is the unique result of an experiment in the Chinese space program, with lotus seed in outer space. This lotus was seed #36 in the experiment, and we are happy they went to all that trouble for us! Besides being a good bloomer, it is also a good seed producer, and even has edible tubers! (While technically all lotus tubers are edible they aren't all palatable, so we only mentions the better tasting ones.) Overall, a definite improvement over the original Asian Sacred Lotus, and as cool back story as well!
SIZE: Large (Height 4' to 6', Large Spread)
Planting Container: We recommend a 2 1/2 Gallon Solid Planting Container or a 4 1/2 Gallon Solid Planting Container.
Light Requirements: FULL SUN
WATER DEPTH: 2" TO 24" (Maximum water depth is for mature lotus)
USDA HARDINESS ZONES: 4-11
Lotus are sold as bare root tubers, or sometimes later in the Spring as runners with small leaves. The growing points are fragile, and must be handled very carefully.
Important!: For planting and fertilizing instructions, please see our Planting Instructions for Hardy Water Lotus.