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Plant Description

Goddess Of Jinling Lotus is a tall lotus with lovely, creamy-white, multi-petal blooms edged in dark pink with a hint of purple in the pink petal tips. The flower shape on this dependable bloomer is superb! A picturesque lotus selection for your pond or in containers for your patio, deck or balcony!   Tall/Pink/Multi-Petal

How to plant your lotus tuber

Choose a wide (24 - 48 inches wide) or wider container and fill it 3/4 full with loam soil. Dig a shallow trench on the surface of the soil and place your lotus tuber in the trench. Cover all but the growth tips with one inch of soil, leaving the growth tips exposed. Gently add 4 - 5 inches of water above the soil and place container in full sun (8 - 12 hours of sunlight daily). Do not add fertilizer until you have aerial leaves.

How to fertilize your lotus

Once you have aerial leaves on your lotus tuber, you may fertilizer with 1/2 the recommended dosage of a slow release fertilizer. Two weeks after this you may fertilize your lotus again with the recommended dosage of fertilizer.  Fertilize each month throughout the summer until September.  No more fertilizer is necessary for the first year as your lotus will start to go into dormancy naturally.

We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs throughout the growing and blooming season for your lotus.

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!

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