2021 Friendship Of Supervisor and Student Lotus is a tall, versicolor lotus that is both striking and beautiful. Unusual striping of delicate color washes over the petals of this elegant lotus flower. Petal tips are saturated with vivid-pink color on the classic, single-petal blooms. A fringe of golden anthers surround the yellow receptacle and green foliage complements this lotus nicely! Friendship Of Supervisor And Student Lotus is an early bloomer and does well in very wide containers and in the pond. Another exciting hybrid from Dr. Daike Tian! This lotus is an early bloomer and has HUGE flowers!
Plant your lotus in a wide container, 24 - 48 inches wide using loam soil. Add 4 - 6 inches of water above the soil. Place in a sunny location (8 - 12 hours of sunlight daily) and do not fertilize until you have aerial leaves growing out of the container.
How And When To Fertilize Your Lotus
Once your lotus has aerial leaves growing out of the water--it is time to fertilize your lotus. Use 1/2 the recommended dosage for your first fertilizer application. Fertilize with the recommended dosage for the rest of the growing/blooming season, fertilizing once every three weeks throughout the growing/blooming season, June through September. Your last fertilizer application should be in early September. This will allow your lotus to go into dormancy naturally.
We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs for optimum growth and best bloom!
*Please see our 'Complete Lotus Growing Guide' included with your lotus purchase.
What Is Loam Soil?
Loam soil is a good mixture of Topsoil and Sand
If you are lucky enough to have good topsoil in your backyard, by all means, use your topsoil. All you will have to do is add fertilizer. If you are not so lucky--and your backyard is sand or heavy red or yellow clay, you can mix up a batch of loam soil.
You can create your own loam soil by mixing these two ingredients together
- 2/3 Inorganic Topsoil (Little or no organic material added)
- 1/3 Pool Filter Sand
Mix together thoroughly with a little water. Your soil should clump when squeezed. If your soil is mixed properly, it will not muddy your pond water.
You can purchase inexpensive bags of inexpensive / poor Topsoil at Lowes or Home-Depot. Good soil clumps together as a ball in your hand with only a little moisture.
Don't buy brands like Scott's or Miracle-Gro, as they will contain too much organic matter that can foul your water. Buy an unbranded bag of topsoil instead.
You can purchase Pool Filter Sand at any store that sells pool supplies.
Loam soil is well suited for all aquatic plants (except oxygenators). Oxygenators rarely need to be planted, just anchored in the substrate or in a container filled with sand or 1/8 inch pea gravel.
Sand holds little water but does allow for aeration and drainage.
Some DO's and DON'TS regarding Aquatic Planting Soil
DO NOT use potting soils ( as they are too light and will float right out of the pot). Potting Soil has organic material that will rot and foul your water!
DO NOT add too much composted material (as it is too rich in organic matter and it will ferment underwater and destroy the ecology of your pond).
DO NOT use 100% calcined clay as there is no nutritional value in calcined clay.
DO NOT add rocks, stones or pebbles to the top of your planting container as this will inhibit the growth of your plants. Plants do not grow in rocks and stones in nature!
DO NOT purchase API Aquatic Planting Media or Microbe-lift Aquatic Planting Media as these products are NOT suitable for waterlilies, lotus or most other pond plants. They are suitable for submerged grasses ONLY!