Planting Water Lotus
Lotus - the most spectacular of the aquatic plants - are really not difficult to plant or grow. However, to ensure your success, there are a few things you need to keep in mind:
Getting started. For planting you will need: heavy garden soil, a wide container, and pea gravel (optional). When you receive your lotus tubers it is best to plant them right away - if you cannot plant them immediately, float them in a pan of pond water (or treated/dechlorinated water) for a short time until you are ready to plant them.
Choosing your container. Lotus plants need very wide containers. For smaller cultivars such as Momo Boton, Chawan Basu or Baby Doll Lotus, we recommend a 20 inch holeless container. For larger cultivars such as Mrs. Perry D. Slocum, Asiatic Lotus or Hindu Lotus we recommend 23 inch holeless container. Remember the larger the container, the larger the plant will grow.
If you absolutely must use a pot with drain holes, place a sheet of newspaper in the bottom of the pot before adding soil. However, keep in mind that lotus can be very invasive. If the roots find their way out through those holes you will have a mess on your hands.
Instructions for Planting Lotus
Placing your Lotus
Water Temperature. Before placing your lotus in the pond, tub or container garden, make sure the water is at least 55 degrees. Lotus will not kick-in and thrive until the water temperature reaches 70 degrees and there has been several weeks of 80 degree weather.
Water Depth. To place your newly potted Lotus, gently lower the container so there is only 2"-4" of water over the soil line with the growing tips under the water. If the water is too deep place upside down pots or bricks under the container to raise it to the desired height.
Once the plant is established, you can lower it to depths of 6"-12" of water over the soil line.
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