2021 Tiny Girl Lotus is a delightful little lotus with red, single petal flowers and tiny gold receptacles amidst the green foliage. This adorable little miss will steal your heart! Tiny girl lotus may also be grown as a mini or micro lotus.
How To Plant Your Lotus
Plant this little lotus in a 6 - 10 inch container using loam soil. Add 2 inches of water above the soil and place in a sunny area that receives 8 - 10 hours of sunlight daily. Check your water level often as water can evaporate quickly on hot summer days! Do not fertilize until you have aerial leaves growing out of the water.
How And When To Fertilize Your Lotus
Lotus are very heavy feeders. Do not fertilize your lotus until you have aerial leaves growing out of the water. Once you have leaves growing out of the water it is time to fertilize your lotus. For a small lotus, the first feeding will be a 1/2 dose. Press 1 1/2 tabs into the soil of your lotus container. Every three weeks thereafter, press 2 - 3 tabs into the soil until early September, which is when you stop feeding you lotus and allow it to go into dormancy naturally.
We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs for optimum growth and best bloom.
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!