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Red Lotus Bulbs
Hello all. I by no means feel extremely savvy on the subject of lotus
bulbs, but I spoke with someone who has amazing red and green tiger lotus
growing in ponds. His first recommendation was a fertile substrate. He
uses potting soil in a pot, and uses tree spikes as his fertilizer. Now
this is in a pond, so we are talking a much larger scale, but I wanted to
try and explain what is possible. Here is what he does. Step one, pot the
bulb in a 4" pot with potting soil and small gravel on top. Put 4 tree
spikes around the bulb. Put the pot 3-4 inches below the water surface.
Every month, he adds another 2-4 tree spikes to the pot. His lotus plants
grow emergent leaves up to 6' tall, and produce 4 or so flowers in the
first year. The second year can double the number of blooms.
Now for what I do for my lillys in my fish tanks, (not ponds). I use a
peat substrate mixed with medium gravel, (only 1.5 inches). Then I cover
with pool filter sand (fairly coarse, no dust problems, and settles
quickly), only 1" deep. This gives me a 2.5" substrate, and I have had no
problems with it. I use trumpet snails to keep the substrate turned. I
run 280 watts of light over an 80 gallon tank, and 60 watts over a 55
gallon tank. Both grow the lillys well. The only other thing I do is
change the water every 1.5-2 weeks (50% change) and clip any floating
leaves before they reach the top. I get about 2-3 new leaves per day out
of the 80 gallon tank, and 1-2 out of the 55. They are beautiful, and I
love watching the clown loaches sleep on the leaves. Oh well, guess that
is all for now.
In Jacksonville Florida, where we are hoping for rain soon!
Rathwine at mediaone_net
Also, if anyone has some savvy knowledge regarding Red Lotus bulbs and
their particular needs, I would love to listen- I really want to
establish these plants in my new tank. I rarely see them in good
condition at the shops, but when I do, they're something to behold.
Thanks to all......Morgan