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Lotus tubers are very fragile;
please unpack and handle with care. If the growing tip is broken,
the tuber is useless. The lotus tuber resembles a banana in appearance.
We ship the tuber or a strong heavy section of the runner. Lotus
cannot be transplanted with leaves and flowers intact.
As for a container for lotus,
the larger the better. A container the size of a tub would be
a minimum for large lotus. The dwarf lotus can do well in small
containers. Lotus should not be planted out of a container in
a small pool unless you want them to take it over. Growing time
is from early spring through late summer. They will go dormant
in late summer and remain so through the winter. They are hardy
and will reappear in spring.
Use good garden soil only. Do
not add manure. Fill tub or box half full of soil and add one
cup of 10-10-10 fertilizer per bushel of soil used. Fill container
to approximately two inches from the top. Plant tuber horizontally
like a hardy lily. Cover the thickest part of the tuber with two
inches of soil but keep the growing tip one-half inch above the
soil. Place a flat rock or brick over the covered section of the
tuber to hold it in place until it is well rooted. Add a one-inch
layer of washed sand or gravel but do not cover the growing tip.
Lower the container into pool to a depth of six inches over the