Fabulous drape on the petals of this picturesque lotus, which belongs in the Red classification, Purple Gold Lotus has a remarkable, violet-purple tint in the petals adding mystery and intrigue to this marvelous hybrid. Golden, bubbled carpels add interest.
Plant after all danger of frost has passed in the spring, but plant before the end of May in a wide (18-48 inches wide or wider), shallow container using heavy loam soil. Dig a trench in the soil and gently place your lotus tuber in the trench being careful not to damage or break the growth tips. Gently cover all but the growth tips with soil and add four to six inches of water over the soil. Place your container in a sunny location outdoors. (Lotus need 8+ hours of sunlight to grow and bloom) In a week or two your lotus 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, your lotus is ready to fertilize.
Lotus are very heavy feeders! We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabbs + Humates for optimum growth, best bloom and ease of use. Simply press four to six fertilizer tabbs in the soil near the roots of your lotus, being careful not to damage the roots. Do this each month throughout the growing/blooming season (June through September). Your lotus should grow and bloom the very first year!