Inspiration Lotus is an impressive, red, single-petal lotus with beautiful, red flowers amid emerald-green foliage that definitely commands your attention as it grows high out of the water. Inspiration Lotus was named in honor of Patrick Nutt, hybridizer and curator at Longwood Gardens. His passion for teaching and his students was remarkable. He was an 'inspiration' to us all. This is a spectacular lotus with amazing flowers held high above the foliage. Inspiration Lotus grows to 4 feet tall when planted in wide, shallow containers that are at least 24 - 48 inches in diameter.
After all danger of frost has passed, plant your lotus in a wide (24 - 48 inches wide or wider), shallow container using heavy loam soil. Dig a trench in the soil and gently place your lotus tuber in the trench being careful not to break or damage the growth tips. Cover the tuber with a couple of inches of soil leaving the growth tips exposed. Add four to six inches of water above the soil and place in a sunny location outdoors. In a couple of weeks 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. Once you have aerial leaves, you may fertilize your lotus.
Lotus are very heavy feeders! We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs + Humates for ease of use, optimum growth and best bloom! Simply press four to six fertilizer tabs into the soil near the roots of your lotus, being careful not to damage the roots. You must fertilize once a month during the growing/blooming season (June through September). Your lotus should grow and bloom the very first year!