What is the heaviest blooming lotus right now? Siam Ruby! Brand new from Thailand to the collection.
Siam Ruby Lotus is an excellent variety of lotus from Buafah Gardens in Thailand. Ruby-Red, multi-petal flowers bloom on Siam Ruby Lotus all season long! This is an incredible heavy bloomer and looks marvelous in any water garden setting. Siam Ruby Lotus looks especially nice in containers in your outdoor living space, patios, decks and balconies. Bowl-Dwarf/Brilliant-Red/Multi-Petal
How to plant your lotus
Plant your lotus in a wide, no-holes container. Fill you container 2/3 full of loam soil. Dig a trench on the surface of the soil and place your lotus tuber in the trench. Cover all but the growth tips with an inch or two of soil, leaving the growth tips exposed. Add 2 - 3 inches of water above the soil and place your container in a sunny location outdoors (8 - 12 hours of sunlight daily). Do not fertilize until you have aerial leaves growing out of the water.
How to fertilize your lotus
We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer tabs for optimum growth and best bloom. Fertilize 1/2 dose for your first application. The next dose can be a full dose of fertilizer two weeks after the first dose. After the first two initial doses of fertilizer, fertilize your lotus once each month making the last dose in early September. This will allow your lotus to go into dormancy naturally.
Please read the complete 'Lotus Growing Guide' sent with each 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!