Yixian Lotus is a delightful tall, white, single-petal lotus with flying/dancing form in soft shades of cream with a whisper of pink on the petal tips. Named for philosopher and physician, Sun Yat-Sen, often called the 'Father of the Nation'. The beautiful flowers are captivating on breezy days as the flowers sway with the breeze--handsome green foliage complements this lotus nicely.
Plant in wide, shallow, no-holes container (24 - 48 inches wide or wider) using loam soil. Dig a trench in the surface of the soil and gently place your lotus tuber in the trench, being careful not to break or damage the growth tips. Cover all but the growth tips with soil, leaving the growth tips exposed. Add 3 - 4 inches of water above the soil and place in a sunny location (8+ hours) outdoors. In a week or two you should have coin leaves growing on the surface of the water. In a week or two after that, you should have aerial leaves growing out of the water. Always replace any water that has evaporated from your lotus container--you can put a few more inches of water above the tuber, once your lotus is established.
Once you have aerial leaves, you may fertilize your lotus with 1/2 the recommended dosage. Simply press 3 - 5 fertilizer tabs near the roots of your lotus, taking care not to damage the roots. From this point on you may use 6 - 10 fertilizer tabs per month throughout the growing/blooming season, June through August, to keep your lotus growing and blooming.