How to Grow Red Lotus Flower in India

Last Updated: 18.10.2023
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Red Lotus Flower is one of the most beautiful plants you can have in your collection! Here’s everything about growing it easily.

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Red Lotus Flower stands out with its vivid petals and looks really amazing in small ponds. You can also grow it in the garden by making a little lotus corner in your yard!

Botanical Name: Nelumbo nucifera ‘Red’

Common Names: Sacred Lotus, Laxmi Lotus, Indian Lotus

Red Lotus Flower Information

The lotus flower is a symbol of beauty, purity, and spiritual awakening in many Eastern cultures. Its name is derived from the Sanskrit word for “lotus,” and it is often referred to as the “Sacred Lily.”

The lotus is native to the Indian subcontinent and is the national flower of India and Vietnam. The lotus is most commonly seen in its pink form, known as the “red lotus,” but it also comes in a variety of other colors, including white, yellow, and blue.

The Red Lotus Flower is often associated with the Hindu deity Lakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth, prosperity, and good fortune. The lotus is also associated with Buddhism, as it is believed to represent the spiritual journey of enlightenment.

Propagating Red Lotus Flower

Propagating Red Lotus Flower is relatively easy. The most common method of propagation is by separating the root system. This can be done by digging up the entire plant and gently shaking off the soil.

Once the soil is removed, carefully separate the root system into two or more parts. Each part should contain at least one growing bud.

Plant the divided root systems in separate containers in a soil mix that is kept moist. Place the containers in an area with indirect sunlight and wait for the new plants to develop. Once the plants have grown, they can be transplanted into larger pots or into an outdoor pond.

Here’s everything about growing lotus from seeds

Requirements for Growing Red Lotus Flower


Red Lotus Flower require at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day to thrive. They grow best in a location with full sun exposure, meaning an area that receives direct sunlight for most of the day.

If you’re growing it in a pond, it’s important to ensure that the water is clear and the plants are not shaded by other vegetation.


A good growing medium for Red Lotus Flower can be a combination of two parts loam soil and one part peat moss or coco coir. The loam soil should be slightly acidic with a pH of 6.0 to 6.5. The soil should also be well-draining and contain plenty of organic matter such as compost or aged manure


Watering Red Lotus Flower is easy and best done by submerging the pot in a bucket or container of water, letting it sit for 15-30 minutes, and then draining off the excess water. The frequency depends on the season and the climate.

In summer months, the Red Lotus Flower should be watered every 2-3 days, while in cooler months they can go up to once a week. Make sure to check the soil moisture before watering and adjust the frequency accordingly.

Temperature and Humidity

Red Lotus Flowers are tropical plants that prefer temperatures between 75°F to 90°F (24°C to 32°C) during the day and above 50°F (10°C) at night.

A humidity level of 50% to 70% is ideal for red lotus plants, but they can tolerate slightly lower humidity levels if necessary.

Taking Care of Red Lotus Flower


Regular fertilization promotes healthy growth and abundant blooms. Use a balanced (NPK Ratio of 10:10:10), slow-release fertilizer that is formulated for aquatic plants. Dilute the feed to 1/2 of its strength and use it once in 6-8 weeks.

Pests and Diseases

One of the most common pests is aphid, which can cause stunted growth and yellowing leaves. Spider mites and thrips can also be a problem, especially in hot, dry weather.

In terms of diseases, the plant can be susceptible to fungal infections such as root rot, leaf spot, and blight. To prevent these issues, it’s important to maintain good hygiene practices, such as removing dead or diseased plant material, and ensuring that the plants have good air circulation.

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