Do I Need A Pond To Grow Lotus?
You do not need a pond to grow lotus. Most people think that you must have a pond to grow lotus, nothing could be further from the truth! All you will need:
Large, wide, shallow container without holes
Heavy loam soil or an aquatic planting medium
A lotus tuber
Lotus can be planted in containers and placed on your deck, terrace, balcony or patio.These exquisite flowers with their exotic foliage can also make a stunning addition to your landscape when placed in pots in the ground for a terrestrial garden. Using unusual tubs, watering troughs, planting containers and other unique and unusual items as growing containers can make quite a statement. Of course, lotus can also be planted in the shallow end of your pond with a couple of inches of water above the pot.
Once you have chosen a lotus tuber, the size of the lotus will determine the size of the container you will use. The smaller lotus tubers can be grown in smaller containers from 12 to 16" in diameter. The larger, tall lotus tubers need much more room, so you will need a container from 20-48" in diameter, or larger. Some of our tall lotus varieties can grow up to 5' tall or taller. Please keep in mind the depth of the container, as to keep the tall lotus from blowing over in strong winds. You may also line the bottom of your container with rocks to help keep your container from blowing over.
PONDMEGASTORE TIP For tall lotus varieties, place some heavy rocks or stones in the base of the container to help keep it from blowing over. Place a layer of rock or stones at the bottom of your lotus container, then a few inches of heavy loam soil. Dig a shallow trench in the soil and place your lotus tuber in the trench, being careful not to break or damage the growth tips. Cover all but the growth tips with soil, leaving the growth tips exposed. Add a few inches of water above the soil and place in full sun. Do not Fertilize until you have aerial leaves growing out of the water. Fertilize once a month after you have aerial leaves with Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabbs. Fertilize throughout the growing/blooming months, June through September).
We always recommend round containers as this allows the lotus runners the freedom to run around the pot!
We hope this helps you to see how easily lotus can be grown outside the pond! Please consult our "How Do I Plant My Lotus" page for instructions on planting and growing lotus.