Save my lotus

Question: save my lotus

Very kind, 15 days ago I bought a lotus berthelotii plant at a nursery; since I didn't know the plant I read on the internet how I had to fix it and then I placed it in full sun; the plant has produced a multitude of flower buds that have opened and are fine, but most of the branches of the plant and some buds are no longer green and seem withered; the plant has a dry soil, but despite putting water it cannot absorb it. What should I do?

Answer: save my lotus

Dear Valeria,
lotus berthelotii is a beautiful perennial plant native to the Canary Islands; produces long thin stems, which bear needle-like leaves, slightly fleshy and at the top of which bloom beautiful flame flowers; they are part of the fabaceae family, and in fact they are not completely succulent: although they can withstand even long periods of drought, to have a beautiful plant rich in flowers and leaves, it is important to water them with good regularity, but waiting for the soil to be dry perfectly before watering again. Furthermore, the colder the climate, the less water needs to be watered. They love very bright places, in full sun possibly, but if not possible, we try to guarantee at least a few hours of direct sunlight every day. Your lotus are suffering from drought (in fact, I know that they do not receive the rains, because this spring 2013 looks like a very rainy November), so it is important to be able to wet the soil well and reinvigorate the plant. Water in plants is especially important for keeping the leaves turgid and vital, especially in a slightly fleshy plant like the lotus. To make sure that it recovers quickly, I advise you to prune the tips of the branches, so as to contain the quantity of leaves for each individual plant; then take the jars, and immerse them in water up to the outer edge; let them soak until the surface of the soil is moist, then let them drain well and rest where they were before. It often happens that an excessively grim soil dehydrates so much that it becomes almost water-repellent (if you give me the term in this context); to regenerate it it is essential to rehydrate it completely, and only a good watering by immersion can solve the problem, because normal watering flows, simply, by not providing any watering to the plants. If possible, also try to weed and break the clods of earth a little, obviously avoiding going too close to the plants. At the next watering, add some fertilizer for flowering plants. The branches obtained from pruning can be used as cuttings, but you must remove flowers and buds, or the cuttings will hardly root; just cut 10-12 cm portions, to which you will leave the leaves only in the upper part; they will then be placed in a good fresh and damp soil, and left to sprout and root in partial shade, with little direct light every day and regular watering.