YIMING RED LOTUS or (Chinese Yimeng Red Lotus) has vibrant, deep red flowers with lime-green receptacles on this very sophisticated, single petal flower. YIMING RED LOTUS IS ALWAYS A CUSTOMER FAVORITE! This tall, brilliant-red, single-petal lotus is simply remarkable--one of the very best we've seen! Sure to be a sellout this year! Purchase your Yiming Red Lotus early in the season! Stunning when placed in very large containers on your patio or terrace! Excellent as a focal point in your water feature! Grows 5 - 6 feet tall in a 20 inch (or wider) in diameter container
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Plant in loam soil using a large, wide container (at least 20 - 48" wide) in diameter and place in full sun with 6 - 8 inches of water above the lotus tuber, once established, you may increase the amount of water above the tuber to about 14 inches. Do not disturb the lotus tuber once it has broken dormancy (once it begins to grow). NEVER fertilize until two aerial leaves are growing out of the water, then fertilize monthly with fertilizer tabs.
Pondmegastore Tip Once you plant your lotus tuber, the plant should not be disturbed or transplanted. The container you plant your lotus in will be the planting container for the year.
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!