Lotus Plant Description
Red River Lotus has amazing, rose-red, multi-petal blooms held above the emerald green foliage, making a dramatic statement. The beautiful rose-red coloration stays true, green and red petaloids add interest on this captivating, medium sized lotus. Simply serendipitous! An amazing lotus-- Serendipity came over from China with a number only. Lots and lots of rich, lush, rose-red blooms on the Lotus formerly called # 136! Red River Lotus is an early bloomer as well! First day flowers have a ring of ruffled petals around the receptacle which gives it a lovely and unusual look. You will have 6 - 8 inch blooms all summer long!
How to plant your lotus
Plant your lotus when days and nights are consistently warm, after danger of frost has passed. Fill a wide, shallow, no-holes container 2/3 full with loam soil. Dig a shallow trench across the surface of the soil and gently place the lotus tuber in the trench. Cover all but the growth tips with an inch or two of soil while leaving the growth tips exposed. Gently add 2 - 4 inches of water above the soil and place the container in a sunny area outdoors. Lotus need 8 - 12 hours of sunlight to grow and bloom. Do Not fertilize until you have aerial leaves growing out of the water.
When to fertilize your lotus plants
Fertilize your lotus plants once you have aerial leaves growing out of the water. If you fertilize too early you may kill or stunt the plant. We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs for ease of use, optimum growth and best bloom! Simply press the slow release fertilizer tabs into the soil near the roots of your lotus plants, taking care not to damage the roots. Do this each month, June through September, making September the last application of fertilizer for the year.
Please see our 'Complete Lotus Guide' included with your lotus purchase!