Rubies and Pearls Lotus
Rubies and Pearls Lotus is a gem of a lotus with stunning, deep, ruby-red, double blooms adorned with small, white 'pearls' on the tip of the petals. You will treasure this lotus for the magnificent bloom after incredible bloom all summer long! Rubies and Pearls Lotus blooms early and frequently throughout the season. Beautiful, emerald-green foliage is the perfect complement. Rubies and Pearls Lotus grows 4 feet tall or taller when grown in very wide containers. Rubies and Pearls Lotus will be the 'jewel' of your water feature!
Plant your lotus in a wide, shallow, no-holes container (24 - 48 inches wide, or wider) using loam soil. Dig a trench on the surface of the soil and gently place the lotus tuber in the trench. Cover all but the growth tips with an inch or two of soil--leaving the growth tips exposed. Carefully add 3 - 4 inches of water above the soil and place your lotus in a sunny location outdoors (8 + hours of sunlight). 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. Never fertilize your lotus until you have aerial leaves, as you may kill your lotus.
Lotus are very heavy feeders! We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs + Humates for ease of use, vigorous growth and best bloom! Start to feed your lotus with 1/2 the recommended dosage by pressing 3 - 5 fertilizer tabs near the roots of your lotus, taking care not to damage the roots. In a couple of weeks you may begin to feed your tall lotus specimen with 6 - 10 fertilizer tabs each month, June through September.
Pondmegastore Tip Lotus should be started and grown OUTDOORS in full sun. Lotus that are started indoors may become weak and die. We do not recommend trying to grow lotus indoors as lotus need very strong sunlight. Start your lotus in a wide, shallow, no-holes container in the month of May when nighttime temperatures are consistently in the 50's or warmer and the daytime temperatures are consistently in the 60's or warmer. Wide temperature fluctuations will slow down the growth of your lotus.