Lotus Plant Description
Beautiful Dancer Lotus has many, many blooms and is an early bloomer as well! 1st day flowers are a cheerful, bright pink, changing to white with pink edges. The Beautiful Dancer Lotus flower is so pretty! Beautiful Dancer Lotus is an enchanting little addition to your water garden setting, deck or patio! Beautiful Dancer Lotus plant has yellow-gold receptacles with buttery-yellow anthers which add interest to this lovely specimen.
Lotus Planting Directions
1. Use a 10 inch wide, or wider, container filled 2/3 full with heavy loam soil
2. Dig a shallow trench on the surface of the soil and place your lotus tuber in the trench.
3. Cover all but the growth tips with soil, leaving the growth tips exposed.
4. Fill or Submerge your container with just two inches of water above the surface of the soil or growth tips.
5. Place in full sun outdoors. Lotus plants need 8 - 12 hours of sunlight to grow and bloom.
DO NOT use potting soil or anything with organics that will break down quickly or float.
We do NOT fertilize at all when planting lotus tubers or they will burn.
Fertilize only AFTER you have established plant with 2 standing, aerial leaves.
Fertilize monthly with pond tabs. The first one or two treatments can be a small dose of only one fertilizer tablet--so as to not burn the plant.
As you get more leaves standing high above the surface on a bowl or dwarf lotus plant--you can increase fertilizer to 1 1/2 pond tablets every three weeks as you see fit, but be sure not to overfeed a lotus. You can always test the plant by giving it one and a half tablets every three weeks. Never push the tablets into a root and break the root, gently choose a spot away from the root. The roots grow at the very edge of the containers, round and round like a wreath.
Water evaporates quickly from the small containers sitting in full sun. Make sure you replenish any water that has evaporated from your lotus container.
When to Re-pot a Lotus
You will want to re-pot your lotus plants every two years in the spring BEFORE they break dormancy as they will generally run out of soil and become overgrown after two seasons. Only the white tubers in the root mass need replanted, the old black thin rotting roots are no longer alive or growing.