Prosperous Purple Lotus is absolutely majestic with breathtakingly beautiful blooms! Classified as a red lotus, this lotus is dark-pink with huge blooms fit for royalty! Outer petals are wide on this spectacular lotus with curly inner petals that are rich with dark-pink color! The anthers are creamy-white and receptacle are bright-yellow. The leaves on Prosperous Purple Lotus are huge! Prosperous Purple Lotus grows to four feet tall or taller and is outstanding in a large container or in your pond! Another fabulous find from Yileen Gardens in Nanjing.
How To Plant Your Lotus
Plant your lotus in a wide container using loam soil. For large lotus, the container should be 24 inches in diameter or wider. Add 4 - 6 inches of water above the soil in the container and place the container in a sunny location where it will receive 8 - 10 hours of sunlight daily. Do not fertilize until you have aerial leaves growing out of the water.
When And How To Fertilize Your Lotus
Once your lotus has aerial leaves growing out of the water, it is time to fertilize your lotus. Lotus are very heavy feeders. We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs for optimum growth and best bloom. Your first does of fertilizer should be 1/2 dose. Every three weeks thereafter, fertilize your tall lotus with 3 - 4 fertilizer tabs. Do this until September, then allow your lotus to go dormant naturally.
*Please see our 'Complete Lotus Growing Guide' included with your lotus purchase!
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!