The Lotus berthelotii is a perennial herbaceous plant native to the Canary Islands, semi-evergreen; it has a climbing or prostrate carriage, reaches the 25-30 cm of height, but tends to widen very quickly, forming an ample bush; the stems of this plant are thin, carry long linear leaves, of a silvery-green or bluish colour, are verticillate or united in small bundles.
Usually, the stems are of the same colour of the leaves, or they can be reddish, flexible and prostrate; from March to October, the lotus produce countless flowers of medium size, beak or flame-shaped, united towards the top. Very suitable for cultivation in hanging baskets, these plants can also be planted in rock gardens, as wallpaper plants. The lotus tend to assume a very enlarged and quite disorderly shape, to keep them more compact it is advisable to top the excessively long branches.
plant the Lotus berthelotii in a sunny or partially shady location; these plants can flourish even in shady locations, but with low flower production. Remember that they are afraid of the cold, so during the cold months they can be sheltered in cold or temperate greenhouses, or grown as annuals in the garden; in areas where the cold season is fairly mild, the lotus sometimes lose the aerial part completely, but sprout the following year.
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These plants can withstand periods of drought, they water when the soil is well dry from a few days, from March to October. Every 15-20 days we add to the water of the watering of the fertilizer for flowering plants.
plant the Lotus berthelotii in fairly rich and very well drained soil; an ideal soil can be prepared by mixing two parts of balanced soil with one part of sand and lapillus of different granulometry.
This plant is a species that adapts very well even to poor soils and can give its best in rock gardens. The heat, the sun and the dry soil are conditions that enhance the Lotus berthelotii, which with this combination of factors can give its best giving beautiful blooms.
in late spring, they are sown in open air, when the temperatures are over the 15-20°C; in July-August, they can take apical cuttings, which usually root with great facility.
Lotus berthelotii: Pests and diseases
As for the diseases of Lotus berthelotii, these plants are generally not affected by pests or diseases, although they may occasionally be infested by mites or aphids.