Best Tall or Large Pond Lotus make excellent specimens in your pond or in containers for your water garden feature. They should grow and bloom the very first year! There are several factors you should consider when making your Large/Tall pond lotus purchase:
1.) Large/Tall pond lotus require more space than smaller varieties. Pond lotus should always be planted in containers, whether they are placed in your pond or kept as container specimens. Large/tall pond lotus need very large, very wide pots. 20" is the minimum size for a large/tall pond lotus, a 24" or 30" container is preferable.
2.) Large/Tall pond lotus should be placed in full sun and your lotus tuber should be planted in loam soil, keeping the growth tips exposed. Add 4-6" of water over the soil and DO NOT fertilize until after several aerial leaves are growing up out of the water. Fertilize every three weeks during the growing/blooming season.
3.)Large/Tall pond lotus should be planted in containers deep enough to keep the wind from knocking them over. You may add some heavy stones in the bottom of your container to keep the wind from blowing over your tall/large lotus specimen.
Once you have had a successful lotus season, and by this, I mean growing your lotus from tubers and having them flower throughout the summer season, you will want to know how to over winter your lotus. Once cooler weather has arrived, it is time for you to begin to ready your lotus for winter. Lotus are hardy and go dormant in cooler weather with less sunlight. If your pond does not freeze solid, your lotus will go dormant and will be fine left where they are. If you are in a more moderate climate,your lotus will also go dormant and you can leave your lotus where they are, making sure to keep water in their container over the winter months. If you wish to bring your lotus indoors to overwinter, just drain the water from the container, careful not to disturb the tubers, and allow to sit dormant in cool, dry conditions over the winter in the coolest part of your basement or garage.
To overwinter, begin this process by removing all spent flowers and seed heads from your lotus plants and cut the stems down to about 10" above the water. The reason for this is that the lotus stems are hollow and if you should cut down the stems beneath the water level, you will drown the plant.
Your lotus will survive the winter with no problem and begin growing again in the spring when the weather and water warm up again. New tubers will send up new plants and you may eventually have to divide your lotus.
If you would like to harvest your tubers and store them indoors over the winter, start by gently turning your lotus pot upside down and hose off the roots and tubers until the soil is washed away. Sort through the roots and tubers and choose tubers with at least two growing tips. Mix one gallon of water with one tablespoon of bleach and soak the new tubers for about an hour. Remove from bleach water and store cool and dry. Lotus tubers can be stored in the crisper of your refrigerator.
1.) Sun or Snow Lotus-Crisp, snow-white petals with sunny yellow receptacles on these stunning, tall, white, single petal lotus. Refreshingly beautiful!
2.) Carolina Queen Lotus-Rich, warm, radiant, single-petal, pink flowers that are HUGE! Blooms on this large/tall lotus specimen can reach 12" across! Dazzling!
3.) Cranberry Kiss Lotus-Large, white, classic, single-petal blooms with a hint of cranberry red at the tips of this BREATHTAKING, tall, versicolor lotus.
4.) Duplicate Pink Lotus-ALWAYS A CUSTOMER FAVORITE! Sumptuous, pink, multi-petal blooms on this tall lotus. The flowers and foliage are a KNOCKOUT!
5.) Jeannie's Smile Lotus-The blooms on this tall, lovely pink, single-petal lotus are AWESOME! The 10-11" blooms are amazingly beautiful!
6.) Large Versicolor Lotus-A hint of purple on the bud and bloom of this tall, versicolor lotus. Big, beautiful, 10-14" flowers on this multi-petal lotus are SURREAL! Purple markings are unusual and subtly striking!
7.) Pekinensis Rubra Lotus-This lotus definitely has the WOW factor! This tall, red, single-petal lotus is always a SELLOUT! Gorgeous, red flowers are held high and regally over the exquisite green foliage.
8.) Deacon DeGarmeaux Lotus-This tall, red, single- petal remembrance lotus has amazing rosy-red blooms and attractive foliage. Stunning and statuesque as a focal point in your pond or as a stand alone feature in a container on your deck or patio. Especially beautiful!
9.) Yellow Bird Lotus-8-10", warm, buttery-yellow flowers adorn this tall, yellow, single petal Native American lotus. A delight in any water garden setting!
10.) Yiming Red Lotus-Splendid, brilliant-red, single flowers on this tall, elegant lotus. The petals are drenched in vivid-red color along with handsome yellow-green receptacles and green foliage. Always a SELLOUT!
11.) Space Lotus 36 Pond Lotus is truly "OUT OF THIS WORLD"! The seeds were sent to outer space to see what effect no gravity would have on them, thus we have Space Lotus 36! This is an excellent tall, pink, single-petal lotus reaching 5' tall! The dreamy, creamy- pink flowers have a hint of yellow in the petals along with bright yellow receptacles. This lotus requires a lot more space and deep as well as wider containers. Produces large tubers as well! A REAL STANDOUT!