Russian Red (AKA Caspicum Lotus)
8-12 " , bright-red blooms on this tall, few-petaled lotus. Grows 3-5' tall and will grow in deeper water than most other lotus specimens. Lush foliage with large, green leaves that add drama and excitement to your water garden feature! Unique and unusual blooms look pretty when planted in your pond or in very large containers for your patio.
Plant this tall specimen by the end of May, after all danger of frost has passed. Plant in wide (24-48 inch or wider), shallow container using heavy loam soil. Dig a trench in the soil and gently place your lotus in the trench being careful not to damage the growth tips. Cover the tuber with a few inches of soil, leaving the growth tips exposed. Add six inches of water above the soil and place in a sunny location outdoors. (Lotus need 8+ hours of sunlight to grow and bloom) 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. Once you have aerial leaves, it is time to fertilize your lotus.
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 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 September). Your lotus should GROW and BLOOM the very first year!