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Yat Sen Lotus
Early Bloomer, Heavy Bloomer!

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$55.00

Yat Sen Lotus

Plant Description

Yat Sen Lotus was named for Sun Yat Sen, a philosopher and physician in China and often referred to as the 'Father of the Nation'. This creamy-white colored lotus has long, slender petals with flying-dancing form with just a whisper of light-pink on the petal tips. The flowers are held high above the attractive, green foliage, almost like a beacon of light. Yat Sen Lotus is beautiful addition to your pond or in large containers on your deck or patio! Yat Sen Lotus grows to 4 feet tall or taller when planted in very wide containers.

White/Tall/Single-Petal

 

Planting Instructions

Plant your lotus tuber in 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 50's. Plant this tall lotus in a wide (24 - 48 inches or wider) container using loam soil. Dig a trench in the soil and place your lotus tuber in the trench with growth tips pointing up. Be careful not to break or damage the growth tips. Cover the tuber with soil while leaving the growth tips exposed. Add four to 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.

Fertilizing Instructions

Lotus are very heavy feeders. We recommend WATERLILY WORLD FERTILIZER TABS + HUMATES for optimum growth, best bloom and ease of use. Simply press four to six fertilizer tabs into the soil near the roots of your lotus, being careful not to damage the roots. Do this once a month throughout the growing/blooming season (June through September). Your lotus should GROW and BLOOM the very first year!

PONDMEGASTORE TIP: Always use scissors to cut off spent blooms or spent leaves from your lotus plant. NEVER pull spent leaves or blooms from the plant as you will damage the rhizome.

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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