Twinkle Toes - Tiny Dancer Lotus (Bare Root)

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Special Notes on Lotus Tubers

Important Note on Shipping Lotus: Lotus orders come from a special, limited-availability, farm and because of this cannot be combined with other products for shipping. Shipping is a flat $18.00 regardless of the number of tubers ordered

Limited Time & Limited Quantities: Lotus are harvested during winter dormancy and shipped bare root, March 15 - Early May Only. Orders ship Mon-Wed of each week and are weather-dependent. Please allow extra delivery time if the order is placed Wed-Sun or during extreme temperatures.

How to Plant & Care for Lotus

View Lotus Tuber Planting Instructions

                                          

Description

Nelumbo nucifera

A tiny dancer in the sun!

The flower of this new introduction changes from a fresh pink to white with pink tips. The collar of bright yellow stamen and golden yellow receptacle are the perfect complement and will draw your eye and approval every time! The small size of Twinkle Toes makes it ideal for a small decorative pot. The early season flowers may have more petals than normal and then settle into a lovely single-petal flower when the plant matures and the weather gets warm. Growing it in an extra small pot , 6"-8" in diameter, will result is a smaller 'micro' lotus.


Flower Color: Pink
Flower Height: Bowl (up to 18")
Flower Type: Few-Petal - less than 25 petals
Pot Size: 6" diameter or larger, 6"-12" deep

Do you want to grow this one as a mini lotus? Please let us know by writing in the comment section of the check out page - "TO BE GROWN IN SMALL POT". Directions for planting as a micro lotus are found below.

Pot-in-Pot Method for Micro Lotus
EXQUISITE OF BOWL LOTUS (MICRO LOTUS)
"œLotus cultivars developed to grow and flourish in very small pots (4"-12" wide, 8" or less deep). These hybrids usually stay less than 13" tall."

We recommend growing these varieties using the pot-in-pot method.

Choose two pots:

Pot A "“ small display pot. This is the smallest of the two pots and should measure at least 4" smaller in diameter and 2" less in height than Pot B. The lotus tuber is planted in Pot A. This pretty pot can be removed from Pot B for display when lotus is blooming.

Pot B - larger outside growing pot, not for display. Pot A should be able to sit in Pot B with about at least a 2" margin on all sides and at top.

1) Fill Pot A (display pot) ¾ full of topsoil.
2) Fill to top with water and plant tuber in Pot A.
3) Place Pot A in Pot B.
4) Slowly fill Pot B with water, making sure that there is at least 1" of water above the top rim of Pot A, the display pot with planted tuber.
5) Place in direct sun. Keep water level higher than top rim of Pot A.

HOW TO FERTILIZE LOTUS

For conventional fertilizer (tablets or loose prills) which releases quickly when water is added:

Wait until the lotus plant has several floating leaves or begins to put up aerial leaves before adding fertilizer.
Choose a good fertilizer such as Waterlily World Tablets, Pondtabbs or Landon's Aquatic Fertilizer and follow the instructions carefully. The amount of fertilizer to use is usually based on the size of the pot and the amount of soil in the pot. For example, most of the small tablets are added at a ratio of 1-2 tablets per gallon of soil in the pot. Once the lotus has started to grow vigorously tablets can be added every 2-3 weeks. Stop fertilizing in late summer to allow the lotus to use up all the fertilizer in the pot before going dormant. This encourages the lotus to form better rhizomes.

For SLOW-RELEASE FERTILIZER like Nutricote 14-4-14, 100 day fertilizer:


*follow amount directions on package.
Place fertilizer around the bottom of the pot then add soil. Plant rhizome in the soil at the top of soil layer and let it grow down to find fertilizer. We use slow-release fertilizer but begin adding extra Pondtabbs after 3 months when growth gets vigorous and we continue adding extra fertilizer until late summer.
Do NOT use 360 day fertilizer because it will release fertilizer for too long and the lotus will not form as many rhizomes when it goes dormant.

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