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Apricot Pink Lotus has rich, full, carnation- pink blooms edged in darker- pink, giving the lotus flower depth and interest. Wide, flat outer petals give this lotus flower nice form and drape--while shorter, ruffled inner petals add interest. Apricot Pink Lotus plants add beauty and grace to your water garden feature, in your pond or in pots on your patio, deck or balcony.
1. Use a 14 inch wide, or wider, shallow container filled 2/3 full with heavy loam soil.
2. Dig a trench on the surface of the soil and place your lotus tuber in the trench, Take care not to damage the growth tips.
3. Cover all but the growth tips with soil, leaving the growth tips exposed.
4. Fill or Submerge your container with just two to four inches of water above the surface of the soil.
5. Place in full sun outdoors, 8 - 12 hours of sunlight daily, as lotus plants need lots of sun!
Be sure not to use potting soil or anything with organics that will break down quickly or float.
We do NOT fertilize at all when planting lotus or they will burn.
Many gardeners do not plant their lotus plants in adequately wide containers and get few flowers or only leaves because of the cramped growing space. The more room and leaves the plant produces the more sugar those leaves can produce and the more flowers in the sunlight the leaves can provide sugar for, along with the proper nutrition.
Fertilize only AFTER you have established plant with 2 standing aerial leaves.
Fertilize monthly with pond tabbs. The first one or two treatments can be a small dose of only one or two tablets as to not burn the plant.
As you get more leaves standing high above the surface on a dwarf or medium plant you can increase fertilizer to 4 pond tablets or more ever two to three weeks as you see fit but be sure not to overfeed a lotus. You can always test the plant by giving it two tablets per week. 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.
When to Re-pot a Lotus
You will want to re-pot your lotus plants every two years in 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.