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Pekinensis Rubra Lotus
Flowers are absolutely mesmerizing!

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PEKINENSIS RUBRA LOTUS has stunning, big, red flowers with bright -yellow receptacles on bold, beautiful emerald-green foliage. The flowers on Pekinensis Rubra Lotus are held regally above the leaves. Pekinensis Rubra Lotus has very large tubers and needs a very large planting container (24 - 48 inches wide, or wider). Pekinensis Rubra Lotus is a standout in any pond or water garden and is always a sellout! Grows 4 - 5 feet tall or taller!


Tall/Single-Petal/ Red


Pekinensis Rubra MUST be planted in very large containers as the tubers are very large. Plant in large  (24 - 48 inches in diameter or larger) container, using loam soil with 3 - 10 inches of water over the soil. Dig a trench in the surface of the soil and gently place the tuber in the trench. Cover the tuber with an inch or two of soil while leaving the growth tips exposed. Gently add 3 - 10 inches of water above the soil and place the container in full sun. (8 - 12 hours per day) 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.

Fertilize monthly after two aerial leaves are growing out of the water.  We sell and recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs.  Pekinensis Rubra Lotus is great for pond or patio! 

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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