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Success! I have live Lotus plants!

Part Three

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.

The Plants Have Arrived!

Choosing which lotus to purchase amongst the many varieties may be the most difficult part of the process.  When making this decision be sure to keep in mind the size of pot you will be using.  even if you have a large pond, it is important to plant the lotus in a pot then place the pot into the pond.  The four lotus I choose are ment to grow happily in medium to large pots.  Take a look at how the tubers are packed and what to expect when they arrive. 

When purchasing pots be sure there are no holes or drainage spouts.  Standard plastic pots from any home improvement or garden store should be fine, however there are many beautiful decorative pots available if you have a higher budget.  Below take a close look at what the tubes look like when they are unpacked and ready for planting.  The next post will go into detail on how to prepare the soil and planting the tubers for optimal growth.

Interested in seeing how the different stages of the lotus have inspired a jewelry collection?  Click over to experience The Living Lotus