Green Star Lotus Plant Description
Green Star Lotus is a SENSATIONAL addition to your pond, water garden or in large, ornamental containers on your deck or patio! Beautiful when gracing the water in your pond or as a focal point in your serenity garden. An exceptionally beautiful, tall, white, classic single petal flower with a lime-green receptacle that is surrounded by golden-yellow stamens. The attractive green foliage is the perfect backdrop for these amazing white blooms!This SPECTACULAR lotus hybrid produces impressive seed heads that help to create dramatic fresh or dried floral arrangements! One of the loveliest tall, whites anywhere! GREEN STAR LOTUS IS A REAL CROWD PLEASER! Green Star Lotus grows 4 - 5 feet tall when planted in very wide containers.
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Pondmegastore Tip: Hang your lotus seed heads upside down to dry them, this will allow the seed heads to be facing up in arrangements!
Lotus Planting Instructions
Lotus tubers may be stored in the crisper of your refrigerator until proper planting time in your area) Plant your lotus tuber in a very wide (24 - 48 inches wide or wider), container using loam soil. Dig a trench in the soil and gently place your lotus tuber in the trench, being careful not to damage or break the growth tips. Cover all but the growth tips with soil and add a few inches of water above the soil. Place your container in full sun. (Lotus tubers should be planted in the month of May.) 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. DO NOT fertilize until you have aerial leaves growing out of the water.
Lotus are very heavy feeders! We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs + Humates for
1.) Optimum growth
2.) Best bloom
3.) Ease of use
Simply press three or four fertilizer tabs into the soil near the roots of your lotus, taking care not to damage the roots. Do this once a month throughout the growing/blooming season, June through September. Your lotus should grow and bloom the very first year!
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!