Lotus -11 Things to Know

Lotus can be an easy new plant to grow.  What you need to know about lotus before adding them to your pond:

  • They can grow in patio ponds to larger ponds.  Often people like them in  larger ponds, 10 x 10 or larger because they are such a large plant. They can grow 2 to 4 feet tall!
  • Plant them in full sun.  (6 hours of sun or more).  They don't do as well in a shady pond.
  • They come in different sizes and are an excellent natural filter.
  • Plant them in calm water.  They flower through the summer and each bloom will last 3 to 4 days.  Cut them off when they are spent. Put in tablet fertilizer every month.
  • They can be invasive, so never put them in bare root into the pond.  Luckily, they have a hard time growing out of their pots, so just make sure there is a sufficient rim and they won't go anywhere.
  • Pots need to be 16 to 20 inches depending of the variety you get.  Bigger pots yield bigger blooms!
  • When adding a freshly potted lotus to your pond, place it only a couple inches under the water.  Once it starts growing, then move it to just a little deeper.  Depending on the variety, they can go from 4 inches to 18 inches deep.
  • Cared for lotus plants will overwinter in Colorado!  (Yay!  Happy dance!) - just don't let the tuber freeze!
  • When adding new plants make sure the pond water is above 60° or 70°  when adding tropical plants
  • Lotus are tall.  Their leaves do not sit on top of the water, but grow above it.
  • Purchasing your lotus from a local nursery ensures that the tuber is not broken from being shipped in the mail.

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