Gorgeous Lotus Plant Description
Gorgeous Lotus is a lovely, tall, red, multi-petal lotus with handsome green foliage. The first day flowers on this lotus variety are a 'gorgeous' shade of red! Each day after, the flowers are in varying shades of red or pink and are accentuated with yellow-gold receptacles. Gorgeous Lotus is very easy to grow and blooms well, even for beginners! So much to love about this Gorgeous Lotus specimen! Tall/Red/Multi-Petal
How to plant your Gorgeous Lotus tuber
Plant your lotus tuber in a wide, no-holes container (24 - 48 inches wide or wider) using loam soil. Fill the container 2/3 full of loam soil and dig a shallow trench across the surface of the soil. Gently place your lotus tuber in the trench, taking care not to damage or break the growth tips. Cover the tuber with an inch or two of soil--leaving the growth tips exposed. Gently add 4 - 6 inches of water above the soil and place the container in a sunny area outdoors (8 - 12 hours of sunlight daily). 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. Never fertilize your lotus until you have aerial leaves growing out of the water.
How to fertilize your Gorgeous Lotus
Once your lotus has aerial leaves, it is time to fertilize your lotus. We recommend a slow release fertilizer like Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs for optimum growth and best bloom. Simply press the fertilizer tabs into the soil near the roots of your lotus, taking care not to damage the roots. Use 1/2 the recommended dosage of fertilizer for the first time you fertilize your lotus. You may fertilize you lotus two weeks after the first dose with the recommended dose of fertilizer. Throughout the growing/blooming season, fertilize your lotus once each month with the recommended dosage of fertilizer. The last dose should be in early September. This will allow your lotus to go dormant naturally.
Please read our complete instructions in the 'Lotus Planting Guide' sent with each lotus order!
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!