Medium - Large lotus need an 18" Wide or better 24" wide pot minimum to bloom properly for you. They like the calcined clay, loamy topsoil and or clay mud. Never fertilize until 2 leaves stand above the water in spring. These larger lotus can handle 5 to 12 inches of water above the tubers. They like as much sun as possible to make flowers. By midsummer you will feed these plants many pond tabbs about every 7 to 14 days.