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Plant Description

Ancient Capital New Beauty Lotus is a beautiful, classic, single-petal lotus drenched in shades of crimson-red! With Ancient Capital New Beauty Lotus, you can look forward to blooms all season long! Tall lotus make a great focal point in ponds or in large containers on your deck, terrace or patio. Tall/Brilliant-Red/Single

How to plant your lotus

Plant your lotus in a wide container (24 - 48 inches wide, or wider) using loam soil. Fill your container 2/3 full with loam soil. Dig a trench across the surface of the soil and gently place your lotus tuber in the trench. Take care not to damage or break the growth tips. Cover the lotus tuber with an inch or two of soil while leaving the growth tips exposed. Add 4 - 5 inches of water above the soil and place your lotus container in a sunny location outdoors. Lotus need 8 - 12 hours of sunlight daily to grow and bloom. In a week or two you should have coin leaves growing on the surface of the water. A week or two after that you should have aerial leaves growing out of the water. Once you have aerial leaves growing out of the water, it is time to fertilize your lotus. We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs for optimum growth and best bloom. 

How to fertilize your lotus

Once you have aerial leaves you may fertilize your lotus with 1/2 the recommended dose of fertilizer. Two weeks after the first dose you may fertilize your lotus with the recommended dose of fertilizer. After this, you should fertilize your lotus once each month throughout the growing/blooming season. The last dose of fertilizer should be used in early September--this allows your lotus to go dormant naturally.

*Please read our complete planting instructions in the Lotus Planting Guide we send with every lotus order.

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!

A printed version of our new Lotus Booklet now comes FREE with all Lotus Purchases!

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