Autumn in Moling Lotus Lotus Plant Description
Autumn in Moling Lotus is SIMPLY STUNNING!
We have noticed photos of this lotus flower on the internet that have an over saturation of color, making it much brighter than it actually is. This delightful, early bloomer needs no enhancement as Autumn in Moling (Qiuse Lotus) is a lovely, medium sized, yellow, double flowering lotus plant and an excellent bloomer that blooms early in the season. The delicate shade of yellow is heightened by the ruffled, double petals that adorn this enchanting lotus flower. This lotus plant is very popular and a favorite of many around the globe!
Autumn in Moling Lotus Planting Instructions
When planting your lotus, use a wide (16 inches or wider), no holes container using loam soil. Dig a shallow trench in the top of the soil and carefully place your lotus tuber in the trench, gently pull soil over the tuber making sure to leave the growth tips exposed. Be careful not to damage the growth tips. Carefully add a few inches of water over the top of the soil and place your lotus container where it will receive at least eight (8) hours of direct sunlight. In a week or two you will have coin leaves on the surface of the water.
Lotus Fertilizing Instructions
Once you have aerial leaves growing out of the water you may fertilize your lotus plant twice a month, from June until September. Lotus plants are very heavy feeders and should be fertilized for vigorous growth and best bloom. An easy way to remember to fertilize your lotus plants is to mark your calendar to add 3-4 fertilizer tabs on the 1st and 15th of each month during the growing season, (June through September).
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 inexpensive / poor 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.
*Please see our 'Complete Lotus Growing Guide' included with your lotus purchase!