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Lotus Plant Description
Inspiration Lotus is a lotus we are extremely happy to announce! Inspiration Lotus was named for hybridizer and curator of aquatic plants at Longwood Gardens, Patrick Nutt. He was an 'inspiration' to all who knew him, and he was passionate about teaching others all he knew about aquatic plants. His favorite saying was "Keep up your good work".
This incredible sacred lotus has beautiful red blooms with classic, single petal form.The petals are wide and the receptacles are bright-yellow with a fringe of yellow stamens that add texture and interest. A captivating showpiece for your water garden feature! Inspiration Lotus will be the centerpiece of your water garden, pond or patio!
Naming rights for this lotus were donated by friend and hybridizer Laura Bancroft, to raise support for the Longwood Gardens NEW Patrick Nutt Scholarship. Patrick Nutt was a hybridizer and a curator for Longwood Gardens
The name was chosen by Pond Megastore owner, Zac deGarmeaux, along with two colleagues.
Lotus Planting Instructions
Plant in a wide (24-48 inches or wider), shallow container using heavy loam soil. Dig a trench across the surface of the soil and place your lotus tuber in the trench, cover all but the growth tips with soil, leaving the growth tips exposed and add 2 or 3 inches of water above the soil. Place your lotus container in a sunny location outside where it will receive 8+ hours of sunlight each day. In a week or two your lotus should have coin leaves growing on the surface of the water. In a week or so after the coin leaves, you should have aerial leaves growing out of the water. DO NOT fertilize until you have aerial leaves growing out of the water.
Lotus Fertilizing Instructions
Once you have aerial leaves growing out of the water, fertilize your lotus with 4-6 fertilizer tabs each month during the growing/blooming season (June through September). Simply press the fertilizer tabs into the soil near the roots of your lotus plant, take care not to damage the roots. Your lotus plant should grow and bloom the very first year!
Please see our 'Complete Lotus Guide' included with your lotus purchase.