The absolutely gorgeous Lotus is the pinnacle of the water gardening season for us. We look forward to seeing the happy blooms sprout up from the surface and those delicate petals unfurl. The Lotus can be wintered over. It requires placement well below the freeze line of the pond in order to do so. Unlike the Water Lily, the Lotus has very firm stalks that protrude from the water . The large pads uncurl and spread out absorbing as much sunlight as possible. And poking through the presence of these large pads are a breathtaking delicate blossom that is so tightly wound, it seems as though it will never ever open gently. When it does…get the camera ready. These flowers are in a class all their own! Perfectly balanced and gently colored, usually in a white or delicate pink tone, the petals pile softly on top of one another making nothing more than plant perfection. Yeah. We’re BIG fans of this one! We wait through some pretty terrible winter weather to get to see these beauties. Here are some tips to keeping your Lotus happy and looking amazing year after year.
Keep the Lotus tuber in a pot without holes. Clay is best for the root system to grow easily. The rooting system needs the constant moisture to continue fantastic growth. The Lotus can be fertilized during the growing season as often as the Water Lily, once a month during the summer will ensure plenty of nutrients for the plant to thrive. The leaves will yellow much the same way a Water Lilys pads do when they need to be trimmed and removed. The lovely flower however will simply open and its petals will fall off the stem after fully blooming. The base of the Lotus must be completely submerged in the water, but a shallow plant shelf will reward you with lots of blooms and great growth. For wintering purposes, the Lotus needs a good trim and a plunge to the deepest part of your pond. There it can maintain moisture without freezing near the surface. Keeping the Lotus season after season is an easy task. But what’s easier is going out and enjoying their beauty. Get out there!
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