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Lotus 101

Water gardeners are often interested in adding beauty to their water garden features. One way to add beauty and vertical interest is to add Sacred Pond Lotus to your water garden feature. The lotus that we sell at WaterlilyWorld are:

1.) Sold as tubers

2.) Hardy perennials

3.) Can be grown inside or outside of the pond

4.) Come in various sizes, from small exquisite of bowl, dwarf, medium and tall

 5.) Come in a variety of colors and petal counts

Our lotus tubers are sent from our lotus farm in Alabama with two or more growth tips, free of disease and bruises. Lotus are shipped to you during the dormancy stage. They can be kept in your refrigerator until proper planting time. Lotus should be planted in the month of May, preferably the second week of May. Lotus need strong sunlight, so always choose a sunny location. Choose a wide, shallow container, this will be the container for the entire year. Lotus roots should not be disturbed once dormancy has broken.

Lotus are hardy, so you can enjoy them year after year. You may have to divide your lotus tubers in a couple of years.

Lotus tubers can be added to a shallow area of your pond or grown in containers outside the pond. 

Sizes of lotus are as follows:

Exquisite of bowl-less than 13" tall

Dwarf-1-2' tall

Medium-2-4' tall

Tall-over 4' tall

The color of the first day flower determines the flower color.

Lotus flowers range in color from reds, pinks, whites, yellows, versicolor and changeable.

Flowers come in many shapes, sizes and petal counts. The types of flowers are cup, bowl, plate, dancing and thousand petal.

The flowers range in petal count, from single, to double to multi and thousand petal. Single petal blooms have less than 25 petals, double petal blooms have 25-50 petals, multi-petal blooms have more than 50 petals and thousand petal blooms have many petals.

Plant size can differ due to the size of the container, amount of sunlight and fertilizer.

Planting Instructions

Add 4-5" of heavy loam soil (Part clay- part soil, loam soil will clump when a little water is added) to a wide, shallow container. Dig a shallow trench across the top of the soil. Gently place your lotus tuber in the trench, being careful not to bruise or damage the growth tips, keeping the growth tips exposed. Gently add a couple of inches of water above the soil. Place the container with your lotus tuber in full sun. In a week or two, you will have coin leaves on the surface of the water. DO NOT FERTILIZE until you have aerial leaves growing out of the water. Once you have a few aerial leaves, you may fertilize your lotus at 1/2 the recommended dosage of a slow release fertilizer. After that, you may fertilize every three weeks at the recommended dosage until the 1st of August. 

 

Over-wintering Your Lotus

 

 

In the fall, it is time to get your lotus ready for winter. Trim off any brown or shriveled leaves and blooms, being careful NOT to cut them below the water line. Lotus stems are hollow, if you cut the stems below the water line it will drown your tuber and your lotus will die. Your lotus is hardy and can survive cold winters but it is best if your tuber does not freeze and thaw all winter long. Keep your lotus below the freeze line. Once the water warms up in the spring, you can bring your container closer to the surface.

You can overwinter your lotus tubers indoors in a dry basement at around 50 degrees, or in a refrigerator. Just make sure you have trimmed off old leaves and soak your tubers in a gallon of water with one teaspoon of bleach. After soaking for one hour, rinse tubers in plain water, gently dry them and store in refrigerator or in cool basement. Your tubers will be ready to plant in the spring.

 

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