Pearls On A Red Plate Lotus is an incredible bloomer with bloom after bloom all season long! This small gem grows to 13 inches tall and may also be grown as a micro-lotus. The multi-petal flowers on this tiny jewel are so pretty in dazzling shades of bright-pink! Pearls On A Red Plate Lotus is a heavy bloomer! Micro-Bowl/Red/Multi-Petal
How to grow your lotus tuber
You can grow this small variety in a shallow container that is 6 - 10 inches wide and 6 inches deep. Fill the container 2/3 of the way with loam soil. Dig a shallow trench across the surface of the soil and place the lotus tuber in the trench, taking care not to break or damage the growth tips. Cover all but the growth tips with an inch of soil. Gently add 2 inches of water above the tuber and place your lotus tuber in a sunny area outdoors (8 - 12 hours of sunlight daily). Check the water level often and make sure you replenish the water that has evaporated from the container with warm water. Cold water will delay the growth of your lotus. In a week or two you should have small 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.
How to fertilize your lotus
We recommend a slow release fertilizer like Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs for optimum growth and best bloom. Never fertilize your lotus until you have aerial leaves growing out of the water. Make sure your first fertilizer application is with 1/2 the recommended dosage, otherwise you may burn the plant. The second dose may be applied two weeks after the first dose. You should fertilize your lotus once each month during the growing/blooming season and apply the final dose in early September. This will allow your lotus to go into dormancy naturally. Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs are very easy to use, simply press the tabs into the soil near the roots of your lotus tuber, taking care not to damage the roots.
Please read our complete 'Lotus Planting Guidelines' which are sent with each lotus purchase.