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I do not grow any lotus in a pond, they are heavy feeders and the amount of fertilizer needed will turn the water green AND most of my fish are 30 inches and they would have a "field day" with the lotus.

Speaking about fertilizer we use Pond Tabs because they are designed specifically for pond plants.  They will NOT turn the water green like regular fertilizer will.

These lotus  are "stock" plants we grow to sell.  In late January we harvest tubers and begin shipping them in February.  Around mid-March, when we are done shipping and we start new plants for shipping in 2  years.  The rows of pots you see will be allowed to grow for 2 years.  We have pots that are not shown that will be harvested in January of 2005.
We start the tubers in the heated greenhouse and let them grow until there is no danger of frost.  After frost danger is past, we move the huge pans outside and dig them into the ground.  This is how the bed looks before we put down hardwood mulch to keep the weeds down. The pans are watered with water from the well that has a pH of 6.0 and fertilized once a week.  We have a fertilizer injector that we use in the greenhouse that mixes the fertilizer to right ratio of water
The tuber must be kept warm if it is to root and grow. One trick if you keep your house on the cool side is to set the pan on a heating pad that is set to "low".  The tubers will root at room temperature but at a slower rate.
   The image at left shows you how WE grow them out of the pond. These are our propagation pots. Not very fancy to put on a deck, etc., but you get the idea. In zones 7 or higher, the pots can sit outside all winter long!

In zones less than 7 you can put them in a garage or basement that does not go below freezing.  Be sure to check the pot regularly to make sure that there is water on top of the dirt at all times.  IF the dirt dries out, the lotus will die.

You can use any large pot 18 to 25 gallon that has no holes.  If there are holes, use a piece of rubber liner in the pot to make the pot water proof.




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