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Lotus Plant Description
A Fortune in Flowers Lotus (Hua Kai Fugui in Chinese)
If you are looking for a centerpiece for your water garden feature, look no further. A Fortune in Flowers Lotus is an impressive, double-petal lotus with magnificent color and a profusion of bloom after incredible bloom! This versicolor lotus is cream colored with a blush of pink over the petals with rosy kissed outer tips and green tipped inner petals. The receptacle is green with lustrous, opalescent anthers. A SPECTACULAR SHOWSTOPPER LOTUS in every way! A Fortune In Flowers Lotus is a tall specimen that will add the WOW factor you are looking for when planted in a very large, wide container on your patio or in your pond! The lotus flowers on A Fortune In Flowers Lotus are striking as well.
Lotus Planting Instructions
Plant your lotus tuber in a very large, wide (24 - 48 inches or wider), no holes container using loam soil. Once you have added your loam soil to the container, dig a trench on the top of the soil and place your lotus tuber in the trench, being careful not to damage the growth tips. Make sure the growth tips are facing up and slowly add a few inches of water above the soil. Place your container in an area that receives 8 - 12 hours of sunlight per day. DO NOT FERTILIZE. In a week or two you will have coin leaves on the surface of the water, once those coin leaves have changed to aerial leaves growing out of the water, you may fertilize your lotus.
Lotus Fertilizing Instructions
Mark your calendar for the 1st and 15th of the month and fertilize your lotus with 4 - 6 Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs Plus Humates for vigorous growth and best bloom.
Please see our 'Complete Lotus Guide' included with your lotus order!
What Is Loam Soil?
If you are lucky enough to have good topsoil in your backyard, by all means, use your topsoil. All you will have to do is add fertilizer. If you are not so lucky--and your backyard is sand or heavy red or yellow clay, you can mix up a batch of loam soil.
You can create your own loam soil by mixing these two ingredients together
Mix together thoroughly with a little water. Your soil should clump when squeezed. If your soil is mixed properly, it will not muddy your pond water.
You can purchase inexpensive bags of Topsoil at Lowes or Home-Depot. Good soil clumps together as a ball in your hand with only a little moisture.
Don't buy brands like Scott's or Miracle-Gro, as they will contain too much organic matter that can foul your water. Buy an unbranded bag of topsoil instead.
You can purchase Pool Filter Sand at any store that sells pool supplies.
Loam soil is well suited for all aquatic plants (except oxygenators). Oxygenators rarely need to be planted, just anchored in the substrate or in a container filled with sand or 1/8 inch pea gravel.
Sand holds little water but does allow for aeration and drainage.
Some DO's and DON'TS regarding Aquatic Planting Soil
DO NOT use potting soils ( as they are too light and will float right out of the pot). Potting Soil has organic material that will rot and foul your water!
DO NOT add too much composted material (as it is too rich in organic matter and it will ferment underwater and destroy the ecology of your pond).
DO NOT use 100% calcined clay as there is no nutritional value in calcined clay.
DO NOT add rocks, stones or pebbles to the top of your planting container as this will inhibit the growth of your plants. Plants do not grow in rocks and stones in nature!
DO NOT purchase API Aquatic Planting Media or Microbe-lift Aquatic Planting Media as these products are NOT suitable for waterlilies, lotus or most other pond plants. They are suitable for submerged grasses ONLY!
Bog Plants (Wetland Plants) prefer poor, acidic soil.
The texture of loam soil will retain nutrients and water as well as bind to the nutrients in your fertilizer, where they can deliver these nutrients to your plants. The Pool Filter Sand will allow some drainage and aeration Once you have created loam soil for your pond plants, you are ready to plant waterlilies, lotus and marginal plants in your water garden or pond. Enjoy!