Birthday's Peach Lotus has lots of flowers on this beautiful, multi-petal specimen! Wide outer petals frame this dazzling beauty while swirled rows of ruffled inner petals create a 3 dimensional look. Birthday's Peach Lotus has rosy- pink petals with golden-yellow receptacle is a real standout! Birthday's Peach Lotus grows 1 - 3 feet tall when grown in wide, shallow containers.
*Your lotus tuber may be stored in the crisper of your refrigerator until proper planting time in your area.
*Lotus tubers should be when nighttime temperatures are consistently in the 50's and daytime temperatures are consistently in the 70's.
1. Take a 14 inch wide or wider container filled with loam soil.
2. Dig a trench with your hand through the soil for the long bottom part of the tuber to be placed in the soil. Now gently place the lotus tuber in the trench and carefully cover in the sections between the growth tips which will remain sticking up above the soil.
3. You may place ONE single stone between two growth tips to prevent the lotus tuber from floating once the pot is submerged.
4. Carefully add water to your container with just two inches of water above the surface of the soil or growth tips.
5. Place in FULL SUN, outdoors (8+ hours)
In a week or two, coin leaves will appear on the surface of the water. DO NOT fertilize until you have aerial leaves growing out of the water.
Once you have aerial leaves on your lotus, it is time to fertilize. Fertilize your Birthday's Peach Lotus with Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs + Humates for best bloom and optimum growth! Simply press three fertilizer tabs in the soil around the roots, being careful not to damage the roots. Fertilize each month, using three or four fertilizer tabs per month, from June through August.
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 Topsoil at Lowes or Home-Depot. 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 Soils
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!