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Snow Loving Lotus (Xue Ning)
Regal, white flowers!

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Snow Loving Lotus

Plant Description

Snow Loving Lotus has beautiful, small, white flowers with emerald-green foliage. One of the smallest lotus we sell and a precious gem in the water garden! A pure-white, Dwarf-Exquisite of Bowl lotus that looks beautiful in containers on your deck or patio. Snow Loving Lotus will grow 1 - 2 feet tall in wide,    (14 - 20 inch wide) containers. Snow Loving Lotus may be grown as an Exquisite of Bowl Lotus in smaller containers.

White/Exquisite of Bowl-Dwarf/Multi-Petal

Planting Instructions

Plant in a wide (14 - 20 inch wide) container using loam soil, dig a trench in the soil and gently place your lotus tuber in the trench, taking care not to break or damage the growth tips. Cover the tuber with soil while leaving the growth tips exposed. Add an inch or two of water over the soil and place in a sunny location outdoors. In a week or so you should have coin leaves on the surface of the water and a week or so after that you should have aerial leaves growing out of the water. Once you have aerial leaves, you may fertilize your lotus.

Fertilizing Instructions

Once you have aerial leaves, you may fertilize your lotus. We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs + Humates for optimum growth, best bloom and ease of use.Your first dose should be one or two fertilizer tabs. Fertilize each month (June through September) by simply pressing two fertilizer tabs into the soil near the roots of your lotus, taking care not to damage the roots.

Please Note: Lotus tubers should be planted by the month of May, after all danger of frost has passed and when daytime temperatures are consistently in the 70's and nighttime temperatures are consistently in the 70's. (Lotus tubers may be stored in the crisper of your refrigerator until proper planting time in your area).

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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