Heavens To Betsy! One of the PRETTIEST lotus flowers, named for a notable poet and storyteller, Betsy Bancroft! This lovely, HEAVY BLOOMER has pleasing red flowers with yellow receptacles and stamens and produces great seeds!
Plant this delightful specimen in a wide (24-48 inches wide or wider), shallow container using heavy loam soil. Simply dig a trench in the soil and place the lotus tuber in the trench, being careful not to break or damage the growth tips. Cover the tuber with soil while leaving the growth tips exposed and add four to six inches of water above the soil. Place in a sunny location outdoors. (Lotus should be planted in the month of May, after all danger of frost has passed.) In a week or two you should have coin leaves on the surface of the water, a week or so after that you should have aerial leaves growing out of the water, once you have aerial leaves, you may fertilize your lotus.
Once you have aerial leaves, it is time to fertilize your lotus. Lotus are very heavy feeders--we recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabbs + Humates for optimum growth, best bloom and ease of use. Simply press four to six fertilizer tabbs into the soil near the roots of your lotus, taking care not to damage the roots. Your lotus should grow and bloom the very first year!
Your lotus may be stored in the crisper of your refrigerator until proper planting time in your area!