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Plant Description

Red Pegasus Lotus is a striking lotus in brilliant-red! This is another stunning addition from hybridizer, Pun Punnaline of Thailand. Beautifully formed flowers are complemented with sunny-yellow receptacles and handsome green foliage. This is a dependable bloomer and does well throughout the season with bloom after incredible bloom, all season long! Red Pegasus Lotus grows well in containers on your balcony, deck or patio. Adds bright color wherever you place this amazing lotus!                        Tall/Brilliant-Red/Multi-Petal

How to plant your lotus tuber

Plant your lotus tuber in a wide (24 - 48 inches) no-holes container using loam soil. Fill the container 2/3 full with loam soil and dig a shallow trench across the surface of the soil. Gently place the lotus tuber in the trench, taking care not to damage or break the growth tips. Cover all but the growth tips with an inch or two of soil, leaving the growth tips exposed. Gently cover the soil with 4 - 5 inches of water and place the container in a sunny location outdoors where it will receive 8 - 12 hours of sunlight daily. Never fertilize until you have aerial leaves.

How to fertilize your lotus

We recommend a slow release fertilizer like Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs for optimum growth, best bloom and ease of use. Once you have aerial leaves growing out of the water, you may fertilize your lotus with 1/2 the recommended dose of fertilizer. The second application of fertilizer will be two weeks after the first application, using the recommended dosage. It is important to fertilize your lotus once each month throughout  the growing/blooming season. Your last dose should be in early September as this will allow your lotus to go into dormancy naturally. 

Please read our complete 'Lotus Planting Guide' included with your lotus order.

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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