Little Longevity Star Lotus (Xiao Shouxing)
Lotus Plant Description
Little Longevity Star Lotus is saturated with BRILLIANT-RED color over the petals of this lively, little lotus! One of the very best bright shinging stars in our lotus collection! Little Longevity Star Lotus has perfectly formed, red flowers that punctuate the dark green foliage! A beautiful combination for your water garden setting or in lotus containers on your balcony, terrace or patio.
ORDER EARLY-- Little Longevity Star is SURE TO BE A SELLOUT! Grows 1 - 2 feet tall
Plant in the Month of May, after all danger of frost has passed. Plant in heavy loam soil using a wide (16-20 inches or wider), shallow container. Dig a trench in the soil and place your lotus tuber in the trench, being careful not to break or damage the growth tips. Cover the tuber with a few inches of soil, leaving the growth tips exposed. Add three or four inches of water above the soil and place in a sunny location outdoors. (Lotus need 8+ hours of sunlight to grow and bloom) In a week or two you should have coin leaves on the surface of the water--a week or two after that, you should have should have aerial leaves growing out of the water. Once you have aerial leaves, it is time to fertilize your lotus.
Lotus are very heavy feeders! We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs + Humates for optimum growth, best bloom and ease of use. Simply press two or three fertilizer tabs into the soil near the roots of your lotus, being careful not to damage the roots. DO THIS ONCE A MONTH throughout the growing/blooming season (June through September). Your lotus should grow and bloom the very first year!