How to pot lotus tubers: Potting lotus tubers is easy. Selection of the correct pot, planting media, planting location and fertilizer are all important to grow your lotus tuber successfully. Key Points on how to pot lotus tubers:
- Use correct size pot with no holes
- Select potting media or soil
- Do not damage the lead growth tip of the lotus tuber
- Add water to planting media/soil
- Gently place tuber on top of soil, cut end at side of pot
- Cover with small amount of soil
- Top off with water to top of growing tip
- Place in full sun
- Fertilize once first standing leaf grows
- Watch our video below:
https://youtu.be/n10_qRHPj8g Live Lotus Tubers: Always be careful of growing tip on a lotus tuber, if it’s broken the lotus will likely perish.
Pot Size: At Bergen Water Gardens we use the following guidelines:
- Micro Lotus: 6 inch pot or bowl or Bowl Lotus Pot with Decal
- Bowl Lotus:: Bowl Lotus Pot with Decal or 10” pot
- Small to Medium Lotus: Medium Lotus Pot or Medium Lotus Pot with Decal
- Large lotus or to grow the lotus larger: Large Lotus Pot or larger
- Micro Edible Lotus: Large Lotus Pot or Laguna Tub: 42” x 28.5” x 12”
- Edible Lotus: Liner Pond as large as possible. We suggest 5’ x 15’ x 2’
Potting Media: At Bergen Water Gardens we use heavy top soil. Do NOT use a potting mix, with peat or pearlite, as they will float out. There are also several good clay based potting medias to use if you do not have soil. Lastly, in 2017 there is a new mix with Landon’s fertilizer already mixed in – we will trial this mix in 2017.
Fertilizer: Place the potted lotus in full sun. several leaves which lay on the water will appear in about 2 weeks. Soon after the first vertical leaf or aerial leaf will appear. Now it’s time to fertilize. At Bergen Water Garden’s we use Pondtabbs Plus Humates as our primary fertilizer. We use 2 tablets in a 15 inch pot every 14 days. Landon’s can also be used in the soil mix but place a layer of plain soil between the lotus tuber, to avoid burning the new lotus root hairs. After a month start fertilizing with Pondtabbs.
Examples of pot grown lotus at Bergen Water Gardens