The Plant Description
Fly To The Sky Lotus is a tall lotus with large, light-pink, flying/dancing, single-petal blooms held above the handsome foliage. The lotus flowers fly and dance in the wind on breezy days with bright, sunny blooms! Fly To The Sky Lotus is a dependable bloomer all summer long! Fly To The Sky Lotus is beautiful in your pond or in tubs or containers on your deck or patio! Tall/Pink/Single-Petal
How to plant your lotus tuber
Plant your lotus tuber in a wide, (24 - 48 inch in diameter, or wider) container using loam soil. Fill the container 3/4 full of loam soil and dig a shallow trench across the surface of the soil and gently place your lotus tuber in the trench. Take care not to break or damage the growth tips. Cover all but the growth tips with soil, leaving the growth tip exposed. Gently add 4 - 5 inches of water above the soil and place the container where it will receive 8 - 12 hours of full sunlight each day. In a week or two you should have coin leaves on the surface of the water, a week or two after that you should have aerial leaves growing out of the water. Only after you have aerial leaves, you may begin to fertilize your lotus.
How to fertilize your lotus
Fertilize your lotus throughout the growing/blooming season. Your first dose of fertilizer should be 1/2 the recommended fertilizer dosage. Two weeks after your first dose of fertilizer you may fertilize with a full dose of fertilizer. Fertilize once a month with a full dose of fertilize throughout the growing blooming season, adding the last dose of fertilizer in September. Your lotus will begin to go into dormancy in the fall.
We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs for your lotus.
Please read our complete Lotus Growing Guide included with your lotus purchase.
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!