Camellia Red Lotus has FABULOUS, vivid -pink blooms adorned with heavy red veining on lovely double flowers. Grows 1 - 3 feet tall and looks amazing in your pond or in pots on your balcony or deck! Camellia Red Lotus looks great when planted in front of taller lotus, giving you a layered look. Camellia Red Lotus is also beautiful in terrestrial gardens! Using a no-holes containers, simply dig a hole a little larger than your lotus container, place the no-holes container in the hole, making certain the top of the pot is even with the ground. Add loam soil to the container, dig a trench in the surface of the soil in your container and place your lotus tuber in the trench. Cover your lotus tuber with an inch of soil--leaving the growth tips exposed. Add 3 - 4 inches of water above the soil in the container. You can have lotus anywhere in your garden as long as you have access to water and plant them in a sunny location that receives 8 - 12 hours of sunlight daily! Always replace any water that has evaporated from your lotus containers throughout the summer months.
Plant your Camellia Red Lotus in a large, wide container in loam soil (topsoil mixed with sand, will hold together if you grab it) with 3 - 4 inches of water above your lotus tuber.
Plant in full sun (8+ hours of direct sunlight daily) and fertilize once a month AFTER the aerial leaves are standing out of the water. DO NOT fertilize before you have standing leaves or you will kill the plant.
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!
Fertilize once you have at least two aerial leaves growing out of the water. We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs + Humates for optimum growth and best bloom!