How Do I Plant My Lotus?
Hopefully, you have had an opportunity to look over the hundreds of beautiful lotus we have to offer here at PondMegaStore. Once you have made your lotus selection, you will have to provide a no holes pot to grow your lotus. The size of the lotus you have chosen will also determine the size of the pot that you will use. The smaller lotus, Exquisite of Bowl or Dwarf will use pots 16-20" in diameter, Medium sized lotus will use a pot 18-30" in diameter and Tall lotus will use pots 24-48" in diameter or larger. Pot size will also determine how large your lotus will grow and how many flowers it will have. Cramming a tall lotus in a small pot will stunt the growth and not allow as many blooms. We also recommend round pots as this allows the runners the freedom to run around the pot and not get stuck in a corner!
Exquisite of Bowl-Small 11-15" in diameter
Small-Dwarf 16-20" in diameter
Medium 18-30" in diameter
Tall 24-48" in diameter, or larger
Fill your no holes lotus pot 3/4 full of heavy loam soil or aquatic planting medium
- Dig a shallow trench across the top of the soil
- Place your lotus tuber in the trench, being careful not to break or damage the growth tips, gently bring soil up around the lotus tuber being careful to keep the growth tips exposed
- Gently add 2-3" of water above the soil (the smaller the variety, the more shallow the water). If the water should become cloudy or have an oily sheen, gently pour out the water and gently add fresh water, being careful not to disturb the tuber
- Place the lotus container in full sun, in a week or so you should have coin leaves on the surface of the water
- Once you have aerial leaves (not coin leaves) growing out of the water, you may fertilize your lotus with 1/2 the recommended dosage of slow release fertilizer (we recommend and sell Landon's granular fertilizer)
- Once your lotus is established, you can fertilize every three weeks during the growing/blooming season with the regular dosage of fertilizer, for healthy plants and best bloom!
- Always plant you lotus tuber outdoors. Lotus that are started indoors often become weak and die.
- Lotus tubers can be kept in the crisper of your refrigerator until proper planting time in your area
- Lotus tubers should be planted around the second week of May, if possible. This allows the lotus enough growth and strength to make it through the winter.
- Never fertilize your lotus until you have aerial leaves growing up, out of the water. Fertilizing too early will kill your lotus.
- Always plant your lotus in full sun
- Check your lotus throughout the summer to make sure there is always water above the soil.
- When deadheading or removing spent blooms or damaged leaves, always cut the stems above the water level, if you cut the stem beneath the water level,it will drown your plant, as lotus stems are hollow.