Nanjing Love 16 Lotus
Nanjing Love 16 Lotus is a spectacular, Award Winning lotus with dreamy, creamy-white double blooms. The outer petals are graced with violet tips and the center petals are touched with a whisper of green on this incredible flower. This is one of the most stunning flowers I have seen to date! Nanjing Love 16 Lotus is an exceptionally beautiful lotus! White/Medium/Double
Plant your lotus tuber in a wide container using loam soil. This amazing pond plant needs full sun (8 - 12 hours of sunlight daily). Nanjing Love 16 Lotus may be planted in a container with water above the soil or planted in a container and placed in shallow water in your pond.
When to Fertilize
Fertilize with a slow release fertilizer for optimum growth and best bloom with a fertilizer like Waterlily World Fertilizer Tablets. Wait until the plant has aerial leaves growing out of the water for your first fertilizer application. Fertilize with 1/2 the recommended dosage for your first fertilizer application. Then, fertilize once each month throughout the growing/blooming season, (June through September) making early September your last dose of fertilizer for the year. This will allow your lotus to go into dormancy naturally
Please see our complete lotus planting guide which is sent with each lotus order.
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!