How to Grow Lotus Vines

Written by james marshall
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Lotus Vine, or Lotus berthelotii, is a vining plant that originated from Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, but is virtually extinct in the wild. It is readily available from commercial sources, and gardeners use it as an ornamental plant. Lotus Vine produces trailing vines up to 3 feet long, and has needle-like leaves. The flowers are bright red and shaped like a parrot's beak. Gardeners typically propagate Lotus vine with cuttings.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Planters
  • Potting soil
  • Pruning shears
  • Slow-release fertiliser

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  1. 1

    Check the climate if you wish to grow Lotus Vine outside. This plant will grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zones 9 to 11. This means that the minimum temperature during the year is between -6.67 and 10 degrees Celsius.

  2. 2

    Fill a planter with a commercial potting soil. This typically consists of a mixture of humus, peat and sandy loam, although the choice of soil is not critical for growing Lotus Vine.

  3. 3

    Take cuttings of Lotus Vine eight to 10 weeks before the last expected frost of the winter. Cut off several inches from the end of a stem with a clean pair of pruning shears. Strip the foliage from the bottom inch, and place the cutting 1 inch below the soil in the planter.

  4. 4

    Keep the soil moist with regular water for the next eight to 10 weeks while the Lotus Vine establishes its root system. Pinch the tips of the growing stems to encourage branching.

  5. 5

    Transplant the Lotus Vines outdoors, spacing the mature plants 8 to 12 inches apart. Lotus Vine prefers full sun, but can also grow in partial shade. Apply a slow-release fertiliser after planting to ensure adequate nutrition through the summer.

  6. 6

    Provide Lotus Vine with 1 to 2 inches of water per week. This plant is drought-tolerant, but adequate water provides the best growth.

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