Growing and planting lotus is really quite simple if you start with quality lotus tubers and choose the correct planting containers. Follow our planting instructions carefully and we guarantee you will be successful. These magnificent pond plants can be growing in your water garden or patio container this summer.
Choose the correct size container for the lotus you select. Planting a large variety of lotus in a two gallon planting container will not give the lotus enough room to grow and you will not be successful. Stuffing a large lotus tuber in a 12" pot will not provide the plant enough foliage to flower. Lotus even the smaller varieties need a wide, shallow container
Be very careful handling the tuber to not damage the growth tips. Water temperatures need to be near 60 degrees for the dormant lotus to begin growing and sending up it's first leaves. If you receive your lotus and it is not quite time to plant in your area, simply store it in the refrigerator in its' original packaging until it is time to plant.
First you will get surface pads floating on top of the water, then aerial leaves will appear. Once you have one or two aerial leaves you can fertilize the lotus for the first time. Use several tablets depending on the size of the container. 3-4 Tablets for smaller containers and 6 to 8 tablets for large containers. Continue to fertilize every 4 weeks throughout the growing season. Any questions contact us, we are here to help.
Photos courtesy of Pond Plants Online, Happy Frog Aquatics sister company.