Drop Blood Lotus has alluring, deep-red lotus flowers and exotic, almost black buds on this enchanting specimen. The beautifully formed, symmetrical blooms amidst the tall, green foliage on this captivating lotus specimen will surely 'cast a spell'. Rich, honey-gold centers are the perfect complement to the dark-red color of this incredible lotus. Drop Blood Lotus will look fabulous in large containers on your deck, porch, patio or terrace. Drop Blood Lotus also makes a spectacular focal point in the shallow end of your pond. Your Drop Blood Lotus can grow 4 - 5 feet tall, if you plant in it a very wide container!
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Tall varieties of lotus should be planted in wide, shallow, no-holes containers (24 - 48 inches or wider), using heavy loam soil and placed in full sun (8 + hours of sunlight daily). Fill your wide, shallow container 2/3 full of heavy loam soil, dig a trench across surface of the soil and gently place your lotus tuber in the trench. Cover all but the growth tips of the lotus with soil, leaving the growth tips exposed. Gently add four or five inches of water above the soil. In a week or two you should have coin leaves growing 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 growing out of the water, it is time to fertilize your lotus.
Fertilizing Your Lotus
Lotus should not be fertilized until you have aerial leaves growing out of the water. If you fertilize too early, you may kill the plant. We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs + Humates for strong, healthy plants and best bloom! The first time you fertilize your lotus, us 1/2 the dosage. Simply press 3 - 5 fertilizer tabs into the soil near the roots of your lotus, taking care not to damage the roots. After the first dose of fertilizer--Fertilize once a month with 6 - 10 fertilizer tabs throughout the growing/blooming season, June through August. Your lotus may bloom into October, depending on zone. We recommend not adding fertilizer after August, as your plant will be preparing to go dormant for the winter months.