Hands of the Goddess of Mercy
Hands Of The Goddess Of Mercy was named for the Chinese Goddess of Mercy, Quan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion who carried a lotus in her hand. Flowers have delicate shades of yellow over the petals with pink tips and yellow-gold receptacles. Hands Of The Goddess Of Mercy Lotus is a beautiful addition to your small container garden or in ornamental containers on your deck or patio. Grows 1 - 2 feet tall when planted in wide containers (16 - 20 inches in diameter).
Plant this lotus in a wide (16 - 20 inches) or wider container using loam soil. Dig a trench in the soil and place your lotus tuber in the trench being careful not to damage or break the growth tips. Gently cover the tuber with soil leaving the growth tips exposed. Carefully add a couple of inches of water above the soil and place in a sunny location outdoors. (8+ hours of sunlight). In a week or so you will have coin leaves growing on the surface of the water, a week or two after that you will have aerial leaves growing out of the water. Once you have aerial leaves, you may fertilize your lotus.
Once you have aerial leaves on your lotus, fertilize by simply pressing three fertilizer tabs into the soil around the roots of your lotus. Be careful not to damage the roots. Use three fertilizer tabs per month from June through September as these are the growing and blooming months for your lotus. Your lotus should grow and bloom the very first year! We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs + Humates for best bloom and optimum growth!
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!