Beacon Of The Great Wall Lotus is a stellar, bright-red, single-petal bloom with flying/dancing form. This noteworthy lotus adds movement and energy to your water garden setting and looks great in ponds or in large tubs or containers on your terrace, deck or patio. Occasionally, Beacon Of The Great Wall Lotus has sacs of dark-red pollen surrounding the receptacle. Delightful to see and especially delightful for passing honey-bees!
How to plant your lotus
Tall lotus should be planted in wide (24 - 48 inches or wider) container using loam soil. Fill the container 2/3 full with loam soil and dig a trench across the surface of the soil. Place your lotus tuber in the trench, taking care not to break or damage the growth tips. Cover all but the growth tips with an inch or two of soil, leaving the growth tips exposed. Gently add 4 - 6 inches of water above the soil and place the container in full sun, outdoors (8 - 12 hours of sunlight daily. 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 aerial leaves growing out of the water. Once you have aerial leaves, you may fertilize your lotus. We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs for optimum plant growth and best bloom.
How to fertilize your lotus
Fertilize your lotus only after it has aerial leaves. The first dose should be 1/2 of the recommended dosage. The second dose should be two weeks after the first dose using the recommended dosage. After this, fertilize your lotus once a month throughout the growing/blooming season. Your last dose should be administered in early September. This will allow your lotus to go dormant naturally.
*Please read our complete 'Lotus Instruction Guide' included with your lotus purchase!
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!