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Lotus

How to irrigate and water

The lotus is an oriental aquatic plant very famous for its aromatic and aesthetic properties. Since ancient times the Egyptians used the flowers of this plant to perfume the bathrooms and embellish the hair of noblewomen. Being an aquatic plant it does not need to be irrigated or watered, but, being very delicate, it needs some precautions to make the flowering and growth of the plant as luxuriant as possible. The lotus has a well-known water-repellent property, which allows it not to get dirty with its own water, usually stagnant and formed by slush, making the surface of the beautiful flowers covered by a kind of «patina» that pearls the drops of water that slide along the petals. The water of the flowering plant, thanks to this property, can also be stagnant.

How to cure it and take care of it


The roots of the Lotus are very delicate being very thin, but the external part of the plant, flowers and leaves, are able to withstand severe climatic changes. It is a florid plant with sometimes disproportionate growth, in fact it is advisable to choose a small pot at the beginning, to prevent the situation from getting out of hand; experts also advise not to plant the lotus together with other aquatic plants as it would suffocate them by removing water and nutrients. The lotus needs temperatures not lower than 13 ° C and not higher than 23 ° C, even if it can withstand even winter frosts, surviving even under the layer of ice. It needs a lot of sun, especially in the period following the flowering of the plant,

How and when to fertilize


Conceptually, the lotus does not need fertilization due to its immersion in water, although experts still recommend the addition of a minimum of fertilizer with certain properties that allows for the most complete and aesthetically beautiful flowering. The most recommended fertilizers for the lotus are those called slow release. These fertilizers are the best for aquatic plants, in fact they are small cylinders which, thanks to chemical substances that stop the release of nutrients, are able to make the release continuous over time. One of the best features of these fertilizers is the presence of microelements that allow the development of the beautiful petals of lotus flowers; these microelements are for example iron or magnesium which differ from macroelements such as copper. Not C’

Lotus: Diseases and pests


The lotus is a very resistant plant, in fact it has no particular parasites that affect it. Most of the time a disease affects such plants is due to aphids or fungal diseases. Aphids are the very famous plant lice, small insects that feed on nutrients. There are many natural remedies for such parasites, which are not specific to lotus, for example: cinnamon, garlic decoction, horsetail macerate, tomato macerate, pepper spray, Marseille soap spray, onion decoction. On the other hand, for fungal infections, it is sufficient to use a normal pesticide that is not aggressive towards the roots of the lotus. However, prevention against these diseases is very important. Thanks to small actions like the

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