How to pot micro lotus is one of the most common questions we receive at Bergen Water Gardens. Micro lotus are the smallest growing lotus in horticulture. Often their height is only 6 to 10 inches tall. Some micro lotus only produce a few flowers during a season, others produce close to a dozen or more. There are varieties which are genetically very small and will stay small even if planted in larger pots. Some larger lotus may be planted in much smaller pots and literally dwarfed, much like a bonsai technique. Due to their size micro lotus do take more care and attention than a typical lotus.
Learn how to Pot Micro Lotus:
Select a Micro Lotus Variety
Select a Micro Lotus Pot
Micro Lotus Potting Guidelines:
- Select proper Micro Lotus variety
- Select a pot which is about 6 inches in diameter and at least 6 inches high
- Select a larger pot,”Hydration Pot”, to fill with water and place your primary growing pot in it.
- We use a heavy clay based garden soil or a commercial Aquatic Planting media. Do not use topsoil
- Fill pot only 60 to 70% with soil, so there is ample room for water
- We like to add water and make a mud slurry to plant into, especially since micro lotus tuber are small and delicate
- direct growing tip to center, cover
- top off with water
- Place primary pot in larger “Hydration Pot” to stabilize temperature and insure proper hydration
- we only use 1/4 to 1/2 of a Pondtabb Fertilizer once the micro lotus shows its first standing leaf. Fertilizing every 2 weeks
- Grow outdoors in a sunny location
- Remove pot and clean planting pot to show or display your Micro Lotus
- Micro Lotus need to be stored in an above freezing environment for the their winter dormancy, keep wet
Check in each week and watch our Micro Lotus grow and flower!
March 3, 2019
Red Carmine Mother Tuber – Micro Lotus