Success! I have live Lotus plants!
The hardest part of this process (growing my own lotus plants) has been waiting for them to blossom. After planting the tubers in April, the plants began to sprout leaves less than 2 weeks later. So exciting to see these first leaves unfurl but then a little let down as I waited several more weeks for more leaves to appear and grow.
Finally, close to 8 weeks in to this project a bud appeared. At this point I began feeding my lotus pond tabs, these small fertilizer pills are easily inserted into the mud at the center of the pot every week. The second week of June, my very first full bloom!
In total I was able to grow three buds in one pot, two grew into full flowers and sadly I broke the stem of the third. While lotus are very strong, during the growth period they can be a bit fragile so take care. Once fully open each flower lasted approximately 3-4 days, this is typical. Watching this process has caused me to appreciate and see the beauty in each phase.
I hope you have enjoyed this series and are inspired to grow your own lotus! Feel free to leave questions in the comment section or suggestions for the next mini series. Click here to see my lotus inspire jewelry.