Pink Peach Lotus
Pink Peach Lotus has layer after layer of ruffled petals in luscious shades of pink with light green receptacles at the center fringed with golden-yellow anthers. The blooms on this SPECTACULAR specimen are large and dazzling! Pink Peach Lotus is a showcase lotus to be sure! Pink Peach Lotus grows to 4 feet tall or taller
Plant this specimen in a wide (24 - 48 inches or wider) container with loam soil. Dig a trench in the soil and place your lotus tuber in the trench, being careful not to damage or break the growth tips. Cover all but the growth tips with a couple of inches of soil, leaving the growth tips exposed. Add 4 - 6 inches of water above the soil and place in a sunny location outdoors. Lotus need at least 8-12 hours of sunlight to grow and bloom! In a week or two you should have coin leaves on the surface of the water. In another week or two you should have aerial leaves growing out of the water. Once you have aerial leaves, you are ready to fertilize your lotus.
Lotus are very heavy feeders! We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs + Humates for ease of use, optimum growth and best bloom. Simple press 4 to 6 fertilizer tabs into the soil near the roots of your lotus being careful not to damage the roots. Do this once a month during the growing/blooming season (June through August). Your lotus should grow and bloom the very first year!
PONDMEGASTORE TIP: There are several factors that will help to determine the growth of your lotus:
1.) Variety of Lotus Chosen
- Exquisite of Bowl Lotus-Grows to 13 inches or less
- Dwarf-Grows 1 - 2 feet tall
- Medium-Grows 2 - 4 feet tall
- Tall-Grows 4 feet tall or taller
2.) Container size-The larger your container, the larger your lotus will grow
3.) Sunlight-Your lotus needs at least 8 - 12 hours of sunlight daily, the more sun the better
4.) Fertilizer-Fertilize your lotus throughout the growing/blooming season-- only AFTER it has aerial leaves growing out of the water
5.) Temperatures-Lotus should be started by mid May, when nighttime temperatures are consistently 50 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer, and daytime temperatures are in the 70's or warmer.
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!