My aim is to let the public know that Nelumbo is found
growing wild much farther north than is widely known. Establishing
this lotus in cultivation is of interest especially to those
in cold climates. Not only is ex-situ conservation important
but the use of N. komarovii in creating new, more cold-hardy
hybrids also has great potential.
I was able to obtain some seeds several years ago (originally
from Vladivostok Botanical Garden sent to a grower in Germany
to a contact in Florida USA who sent them to me) because of my
special interest in them.
Photo by Laura Williams
Here are my N. komarovii seedlings the first year, the
summer of 2004. They were in the black bucket, at the right in
the first picture, and the water was heated to 25°C (77°F)
with an aquarium heater to mimic the short but warm summer conditions
they have in the wild.
Photos by Alexander Nijman
The rhizomes over-winter deep in the mud and form
runners which grow just under the soil's surface. < In April
of 2006 I replanted them from a 20 liter bucket into the white
I have noticed that the plants start early, when it is still
quite cool. A temperature of 12-14° C (54-57° F) seems
to bring them out of hibernation, but the growth stops when it
is still warm here in the Netherlands. The photo, above right,
shows the plants in August. These were the last leaves and no
new ones where formed! It seems that when the growth starts an
inner clock starts to tick, something you see with a lot of native
plants. They start to prepare for winter when it is still warm.
Maybe day length has something to do with it.