- Daydreaming In Jinling
Daydreaming in Jinling Lotus has heavenly, creamy-white blooms with a hint of lavender-pink across the petal tips that add to the beauty of this versicolor lotus. Such a pretty addition to containers on you deck, patio, terrace or balcony! This lotus grows two to four feet tall and looks great when planted in front of taller specimens for a 'layered' look! Daydreaming in Jinling can also be placed at the shallow end of your pond as a focal point. Several factors influence the height of your lotus.
1.) Sun light, Your lotus needs at least 8 - 12 hours of strong sunlight.
2.) Temperatures, Daytime temperatures should be consistently in the 70's or warmer and nighttime temperatures should be consistently in the 50's or above.
3.) Fertilizer, Your lotus should be fertilized once a month, throughout the growing/blooming season, June through September. Remember to wait until your lotus has aerial leaves growing out of the water--before you fertilize your lotus.
4.) Lotus variety, the variety of lotus you purchase also helps to determine the height of your lotus. The lotus that we sell at Pondmegastore come in four sizes:
Exquisite of Bowl, Dwarf, Medium and Tall
- Exquisite of Bowl Lotus lotus grow to 13 inches tall.
- Dwarf Lotus grow 1 to 2 feet tall.
- Medium Lotus grow 2 to 4 feet tall.
5.) Container size, the size of container you use will determine how tall your lotus will grow--the wider your container, the taller your lotus will grow.
When daytime temperatures are consistently in the 70's and nighttime temperatures are consistently in the 50's, after all danger of frost has passed, it is time to plant your lotus! Plant in a wide (14 - 24 inches wide or wider) container using loam soil. Dig a trench across the surface of the soil and gently place your lotus tuber in the trench being careful not to damage the growth tips. Bury the tuber in a couple of inches of soil but leave the growth tips exposed. Add four inches of water above the soil and place your lotus tuber in a sunny location outdoors. (Lotus need 8- 12 hours of sunlight to grow and bloom!) In a week or two you will 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, it is time to fertilize your lotus.
Lotus are very heavy feeders. We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs + Humates for ease of use, optimum growth and best bloom! Simply press three fertilizer tabs into the soil near the roots of your lotus, being careful not to damage the roots. Do this each month during the growing/blooming season (June through September). Your lotus should grow and bloom the very first year!
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!