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Dunhuang Red Lotus Plant Description

Dunhuang Red Lotus is a striking, tall lotus with large, pink, first day blooms that lighten with second and third day flowers. The flowers grow beautifully on this tall variety and there are lots of eye-catching blooms throughout the summer. Dunhuang Red Lotus are named for and native to the city in western China in the Gansu Province near the Gobi Desert. This beautiful lotus adds a dramatic display to your water garden feature when grown in tubs or containers on your deck or patio.  Dunhuang Red Lotus grows four feet tall or taller when grown in very wide containers! Tall/Pink/Single-Petal

How to plant your lotus tuber

Plant your lotus tuber in a wide, shallow no holes container (24 - 48 inches wide) or wider. Using loam soil, fill the container 3/4 full. Dig a shallow trench in the surface of the soil with your hand. Gently place the lotus tuber in the trench and cover with an inch of  soil, keeping the growth tips exposed. Gently add 4 - 5 inches of water above the soil and place your lotus container in a sunny area outdoors that receives 8 - 12 hours of sunlight daily. In a week or two you should have coin leaves that sit on the surface of the water, in another week or two you should have aerial leaves growing out of the water. Once you have aerial leaves growing out of the water, you may fertilize your lotus. We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs for best bloom and optimum growth.

How to fertilize your Dunhuang Red Lotus 

Once your lotus has aerial leaves you may fertilize your lotus. For the first dose, we recommend a 1/2 dose of the recommended dosage of your fertilizer. In two weeks you may fertilize your lotus again with the recommended dosage of fertilizer. Feed you lotus once a month throughout the growing/blooming season. Your last dose of fertilizer should be given in early September. This way your lotus will go into dormancy naturally.

Please read our complete guide on Growing Lotus, included with each lotus order!

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