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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.

How to plant your Lotus tubers

Part two 

Its best to be prepared for potting before you unpack your tubers.  In addition to a proper pot, you will simply need dirt and water.  Everyday dirt from your garden is fine however if you use store bought dirt do not use potting mix, with peat or pearlite.  There are specific pond soils available labeled as aquatic plant media that can also be purchased.  Now that you have your pots, soil, and most importantly lotus tubers, it's time to start planting!

Once you have planted your lotus place in full sunlight and check back every few days to make sure the mud is fully covering the tubers and submerged under water, adding more water if necessary.  After several days you will begin to see the shoots grow and small leaves which will lay on the water.  iApproximately 2 weeks after planting the first vertical leaf or aerial leaf will appear. Now it’s time to fertilize.  Home improvement stores do not sell the type of fertilizer needed for your lotus, pond tabs are available at Bergen Water Gardens and Nursery which is the supplier I purchased my lotus tubers from.  According to their instructions tabs should be inserted into the mud every 2 weeks for best growing results.  Below are the first four weeks of our lotus life, you may notice that they were moved from the original plastic black pots in the above video and replanted into wide ceramic pots; this move was made because the black plastic pots were not appropriate, the water continuously drained out, again showing the importance of using the correct pot in the beginning.  

I hope you are enjoying this journey as much as I am, if so please "like", "share", and leave a comment.  Check back next month to see if the flowers begin to bud.  Click here to see the Floating Lotus ring, inspired by these early leaves of the lotus plant.

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.

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How does a Lotus grow

After years of admiring the lotus ponds at The Huntington Library and Gardens and at Echo Park, I thought it may be an interesting project to grow one on my own.  As with any goal in life, growing a lotus is a process of several steps starting with research and planning.  Fortunately the internet is full of information and options.  After an extensive search I settled on Bergen Water Gardens and Nursery, not only for their extensive list of lovely lotus but more importantly for their friendly and personal customer service.   Below are a few basic items needed to get started.

With so many varieties, colors and sizes to choose from, making a decision became the most daunting task.  I easily contacted Bergen and was able to immediately receive detailed guidance on what would be appropriate for my plans.  Below are just a few examples of the multiple variations you will find when visiting their website.   https://bergenwatergardens.com/

Continue this journey with me, every month a new post on how my garden is growing.  Visit my shop to see the Living Lotus Collection inspired by these beautiful flowers by clicking the button below.