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'Heavens to Betsy' New Lotus for 2018
'Heavens To Betsy Lotus' is a tall lotus specimen with fabulous red flowers named for Betsy Bancroft, an illustrious poet and storyteller! ALSO A HEAVY BLOOMER! The lovely red blooms have sunny-yellow receptacles and a golden-yellow fringe of stamens. 'Heavens to Betsy' produces impressive seeds and makes an excellent addition to your pond or large containers on your balcony, deck or patio.
Plant by the month of May, after all danger of frost has passed. Plant this beautiful specimen in a wide (24-48 inches or wider), shallow container using loam soil. Dig a trench in the soil and gently place your lotus tuber in the trench, cover all but the growth tips with an inch or two of soil, leaving the growth tips exposed. Add a few inches of water above the soil and place in a sunny location outdoors (8+ hours of sunlight daily). In a week or so you will have coin leaves growing on the surface of the water, DO NOT fertilize until you have at least two aerial leaves growing out of the water. (Wider containers help the plant to produce more blooms.)
Fertilize monthly during the growing/blooming season (June through September) with 4-6 fertilizer tabbs. Simply press the tabbs gently into the soil around the roots of the soil being careful not to damage the roots. We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabbs + Humates for optimum growth, best bloom and ease of use. Your lotus should grow and bloom the very first year!
Type: Medium-Tall Lotus