Laura Bancroft is the operational manager of Ten Mile Creek Nursery in Hartford, Alabama, which grows more than 300 varieties of exotic Nelumbo nucifera from around the world. Ten Mile Creek Nursery has sold thousands of potted lotus and dormant tubers and has recently begun to harvest thousands of pounds of lotus biomass every year for biochemical research and development companies who use it in health and beauty products. Lotus has revolutionized the nursery so much that it is now the only thing they grow. A graduate of Auburn University (B.S.) and the University of Alabama (M.A., SecEd, Biology), she is a retired teacher, wife, mother and happy grandmother to seven beautiful little Bancrofts! 
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Tips for Choosing, Planting and Growing Lotus

By Laura Bancroft / October 28, 2018 / 3 Comments

Ten Mile Creek Nursery had long specialized in general landscape plants, Gulf Coast natives and annuals — just your ordinary South Alabama nursery striving to survive in an uncertain economy. But on a warm afternoon in October 2009, we had our first encounter with growing lotus. We all met under the big pole barn. The […]

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