Dancing in Jade Tower Lotus is a lovely lotus admired WORLD WIDE!
Dancing in Jade Tower Lotus blooms early and blooms all season long!
Shades of soft-pinks and creamy-whites with rich, yellow receptacles and stamens adorn these plate shaped blooms. This is a Semi-Double variety that occasionally sends out Single-Petal blooms! This is an excellent variety to grow as a miniature (micro-lotus) in a small container! This little gem is admired around the globe! Grows tp 13 inches tall
(The size of your lotus can be determined by the size of the container you use--this is an Exquisite of Bowl-Dwarf variety which is a small variety to begin with. You can force it to grow smaller in a very small container, making it a micro lotus))
Exquisite of Bowl-Dwarf/Versicolor/Semi-Double
Plant in wide container (11 - 16 inch in diameter) using loam soil with a couple of inches of water above the soil. Your lotus tuber must be placed where it will receive 8 - 12 hours of sunlight daily. Keep an eye on the water level above the soil, as it must be replaced (sometimes daily) as it evaporates throughout the summer! Fertilize monthly with fertilizer tabs after plants are established with two aerial leaves.
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!