Splendid Lotus (Jing Cai)
Lotus Plant Description
Splendid Lotus is a tall lotus with lush, creamy-white flowers with just a hint of color on the petal tips that add interest. Splendid Lotus adds a regal touch to your water garden setting with big, beautiful, multi-petaled blooms. Splendid also looks spectacular when grown in large containers on your patio, terrace or balcony. This versicolor lotus has it all! Medium-Tall/Versicolor/Multi-Petal
How to grow your lotus tuber
Grow you lotus tuber in a wide, no-holes container using loam soil. Fill the container 2/3 full of loam soil. Dig a shallow trench on the surface of the soil. Gently place the lotus tuber in the trench, taking care not to bruise or damage the growth tips. Cover the tubers with an inch or two of soil while leaving the growth tips exposed. Gently add 3 - 4 inches of water above the lotus tuber and place the container in a sunny area outdoors (8 - 12 hours of sunlight daily).
How to fertilize your lotus
We recommend a slow release fertilizer like Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs. Wait until you have aerial leaves growing out of the water to fertilize your lotus. If you fertilize too soon, you may burn the plant. Fertilize with 1/2 the recommended dosage for your first application of fertilizer--after that, fertilize once a month during the growing/blooming months for optimum growth and best bloom. Simply press the tabs into the soil near the roots of the lotus. The last application of fertilizer should be applied in early September, this will allow your lotus to go into dormancy naturally.
Please read complete instructions in our 'Lotus Planting Guide' included in your lotus purchase!
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!