Cranberry Kiss Lotus is a tall, elegant lotus with pure white petals and rosy-red kissed petal tips. The flowers on the Cranberry Kiss Lotus are are simply stunning! Receptacles are yellow-green with a golden fringe of stamen surrounding the receptacle. It is a dependable bloomer with attractive seed pods and foliage. Cranberry Kiss Lotus is always a Customer Favorite! Cranberry Kiss Lotus can grow to 4 feet tall or taller.
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Fill your wide container (24 - 48 inches in diameter or wider) 2/3 full with loam soil. Dig a shallow trench across the surface of the soil. Gently place your lotus tuber in the trench. 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 lotus tuber. Place your lotus in a sunny location outdoors where it will receive at least 8+ hours of sunlight daily. Ina week or two, your lotus should have coin leaves on the surface of the water. A week or so after that, you should have aerial leaves growing out of the water. Once you have aerial leaves, you may begin to fertilize your lotus.
Fertilize your lotus once you have aerial leaves. Use a slow release fertilizer like Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs + Humates for strong plants, more bloom and ease of use. Simply press 3 - 4 fertilizer tabs into the soil near the roots of your lotus. Do this once a month, throughout the growing/blooming season, June through September.
*Since this is a large lotus specimen, some customers may choose to grow this as an edible vegetable, rather than an ornamental flower. When planting as a vegetable, you must plant in large, shallow ponds, not containers. The tubers must reach 2-4 inches in diameter for edible vegetables.
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!