East Dawn Lotus
East Dawn Lotus has splendid flowers that are delicately colored in soft, pastel shades of yellow, creamy white and blush pink. All the colors of an early morning sunrise at dawn! Flowers are intricately formed on East Dawn Lotus, with double-petals around the receptacle. Lush, cup shaped blooms on attractive green foliage create the perfect bouquet early in the morning! East Dawn Lotus grows 1 - 2 feet tall.
Plant your East Dawn Lotus tuber in a wide (16 to 20 inches or wider) container using loam soil. Dig a shallow trench in the surface of the soil and gently place the lotus tuber in the trench being careful not to damage the growth tips. Cover the lotus tuber with an inch or two of soil, leaving the growth tips exposed. Add two inches of water above the soil and place in a sunny location, outdoors. (8+ hours of sunlight daily). In a week or so, you should have coin leaves growing on the surface of the water, a week or so after that, aerial leaves should be growing out of the water. Do not disturb your lotus tuber once it is planted. You may add water above the soil to replace water that has evaporated.
Once your lotus has put out aerial leaves, it is time to fertilize your lotus. We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs. Simply press three fertilizer tabs into the soil around the roots of your lotus. Be careful not to damage the roots. Do this during the growing/blooming season (June through September) for best bloom and optimum growth. Your lotus tuber should grow and bloom the very first 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!