Lanceolate Pink Lotus has sumptuous 8 - 9 inch, multi-petal blooms. An outstanding choice to plant in your pond or in pots on your deck or patio. Flowers on Lanceolate Pink Lotus are pink perfection! This lotus is an elegant hybrid and very easy to grow! Lanceolate Pink Lotus has MAGNIFICENT BLOOMS all summer long! Lanceolate Pink Lotus grows 2 - 4 tall when planted in very wide (14 - 24 inch wide containers).
*Your lotus tuber can be stored in the crisper of your refrigerator until proper planting time in your area.
Plant your lotus tuber when nighttime temperatures are consistently in the 50's or warmer, and daytime temperatures are consistently in the 70's or warmer. (Wide temperature fluctuations will slow down the growth of your lotus tuber.) We suggest that you plant your lotus by mid May to allow it enough time to store energy to overwinter.
- Fill your wide (14 - 24 inches wide) container 2/3 full with loam soil.
- Dig a shallow trench in the surface of the soil.
- Place your lotus tuber in the trench being careful not to break or damage the growth tips.
- Gently add 3 - 4 inches of water above the soil.
- Place your lotus container in full sun (8 - 12 hours of sunlight daily) outdoors.
- Fertilize once you have aerial leaves growing out of the water.
- Replace water that evaporates from the lotus container.
Fertilize monthly with fertilizer tabs after two aerial leaves are growing out of the water.
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!