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.