Happy Eveys Lotus (Meiyan) has bright, blissful, multi-petal flowers on this radiant, red, lotus. Flowers bloom all summer long! The petals drape gracefully on the lush, full blooms--and the handsome green foliage is the perfect complement for this delightful specimen. Grows 3 - 4 feet tall and adds a beautiful touch to your patio, terrace or balcony. Happy Eyes Lotus looks great in the shallow end of your pond as well!
After all danger of frost has passed and nights are consistently in the 50's or warmer and days are in the mid 60's or warmer--it is time to plant your lotus tuber. We recommend that you plant your lotus outdoors in mid May, depending on zone.
Plant this medium sized lotus specimen in a wide, no-holes container (18 - 30 inches wide or wider). Fill your container 2/3 full with loam soil. Dig a trench across the surface of the soil and gently place your lotus tuber in the trench. Cover all but the growth tips with an inch of soil, leaving the growth tips exposed. Gently add two to three inches of water above the soil and place your lotus container outdoors where it will receive at least 8+ hours of sunlight daily. 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.
How To Fertilize Your Lotus
Once you have aerial leaves--you may fertilize your lotus with a half dose of fertilizer. We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs + Humates for ease of use, vigorous growth and best bloom! Simply press two or three fertilizer tabs into the soil next to the roots of your lotus. NEVER fertilize until you have aerial leaves as this may kill your lotus.
Fertilize your medium sized lotus throughout the growing/blooming season (June through August). Simply press 4 - 5 fertilizer tabs into the soil near the roots of your lotus. Do this once a month during the growing/blooming season, June through August.
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!