How to Keep a Lotus Berthelotii Plant Green & Healthy


If you're looking for a plant that will add color and texture to the landscape, consider planting a Lotus Berthelotii, which has interesting grayish-green, feathery leaves that cover the plant in dense clumps. Lotus Berthelotii is more commonly known as "parrot plant" for it's bright orange blooms that resemble a parrot's beak. Lotus Berthelotii is a sprawling vine that loves sunlight and well-drained soil. Plant Lotus Berthelotii outdoors as a ground cover, or plant it in a container and bring it indoors for the winter.

Step 1

Expose your Lotus Berthelotii plant to full sunlight. If your Lotus Berthelotii is containerized, place it where it will get at least 6 to 8 hours of full sunlight each day. Supplement available light with a grow light, if necessary.

Step 2

Keep the soil evenly moist during the spring and summer months. Indoor Lotus Berthelotii should be allowed to dry out somewhat during fall and winter, with the soil kept just barely moist. Water indoor Lotus Berthelotii with warm water.

Step 3

Feed Lotus Berthelotii every two weeks during spring and fall, using a water-soluble fertilizer. If you prefer, you can feed Lotus Berthelotii once each spring with a timed-release fertilizer.

Step 4

Re-pot containerized Lotus Berthelotii when the vine outgrows its container. Move the plant to a container just one size larger. Use a container with a drainage hole, and fill the container with a potting mixture that drains well, such as half commercial potting soil and half perlite.

Things You'll Need

  • Grow light (optional)
  • Water-soluble fertilizer or timed-release fertilizer
  • Container with drainage hole
  • Commercial potting soil
  • Perlite


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M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.