Butterscotch - An Indian Beauty!


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Nelumbo nucifera 

Hybridized by Ganesh Anandhakrishnan


Get ready for flower over-load! This buttery yellow gem of a lotus was hybridized by our friend, Ganesh, in India. It survived a long and perilous journey around the world and arrived so late in the growing season of 2020 that we didn’t know if it would make through that first winter. ‘Butterscotch’ didn’t just survive, it thrived! It is now our pleasure to offer it to American growers. ‘Butterscotch’ is just as yummy as its name. The lotus grows to a medium height in our pots and produces multi-petal yellow flowers with a brilliant green receptacle for contrast. Blooming starts early and extends throughout the summer. We highly recommend this lotus variety!


Flower Color: Yellow
Plant Height: Medium, 2’-4’
Flower Type: Multi-petal, more than 50 petals
Pot Size: 14”-24” wide, 10’-16” deep

For conventional fertilizer (tablets or loose prills) which releases quickly when water is added:
Wait until the lotus plant has several floating leaves or begins to put up aerial leaves before adding fertilizer.
Choose a good fertilizer such as Waterlily World Tablets, Pondtabbs or Landon’s Aquatic Fertilizer and follow the instructions carefully. The amount of fertilizer to use is usually based on the size of the pot and the amount of soil in the pot. For example, most of the small tablets are added at a ratio of 1-2 tablets per gallon of soil in the pot. Once the lotus has started to grow vigorously tablets can be added every 2-3 weeks. Stop fertilizing in late summer to allow the lotus to use up all the fertilizer in the pot before going dormant. This encourages the lotus to form better rhizomes.
For SLOW-RELEASE FERTILIZER like Nutricote 14-4-14, 100 day fertilizer:
*follow amount directions on package. Place fertilizer around the bottom of the pot then add soil. Plant rhizome in the soil at the top of soil layer and let it grow down to find fertilizer. We use slow-release fertilizer but begin adding extra Pondtabbs after 3 months when growth gets vigorous and we continue adding extra fertilizer until late summer.
Do NOT use 360 day fertilizer because it will release fertilizer for too long and the lotus will not form as many rhizomes when it goes dormant.