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Little Oriole Lotus
Dwarf-Medium
Sunny-Yellow Flowers!

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Plant Description

Little Oriole Lotus has lovely, sunny-yellow blooms with bright-yellow receptacles and makes a cheerful addition to any area of your water garden feature! Little Oriole Lotus adds a cheerful touch to your water garden setting! Little Oriole Lotus grows 1 - 4 feet tall--the larger the container, the taller your lotus will grow. Factors such as container size, hours of sunlight, planting medium, variety of lotus and fertilizer all play a role in the size, health and bloom of your lotus.

Dwarf-Medium/Yellow/Semi-Double

Planting Instructions

Plant in a wide (16 to 30 inches or wider) container using loam soil. Dig a trench in the soil and gently place your lotus tuber in the trench, being careful not to break the growth tips. Cover the tuber with a couple of inches of soil but leave the growth tips exposed. Add two or three inches of water above the soil and place in a sunny location outdoors (8 - 12 hours of sunlight daily)! In a week or two you should have coin leaves on the surface of the water, a week or two after that you should have aerial leaves growing out of the water. Once you have aerial leaves, it is time to fertilize your lotus.

Fertilizing Instructions

We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs + Humates for optimum growth and best bloom! Simply take 3  or 4 fertilizer tabs and press them into the soil around the roots of your lotus, taking care not to damage the roots. Do this each month during the growing/blooming months (June through September) for nice green foliage and bloom after bloom!

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!

 

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