Jianxuan 17 - Gorgeous Flowers, Delicious Seeds!
TOP SEED PRODUCER! and they are delicious! More seeds means more flowers! Eat the green seeds raw, use them in stir-fry and salads, roast them like pecans or peanuts, or roast them and roll them in spices like cinnamon and sugar, or salt and chili powder.
Jianxuan 17 is one of the top seed producing lotus cultivars in China, providing large seeds that are perfect to peel and eat right out of the pod when they are green. An added side bonus--the changeable flowers are extremely large and very beautiful, dark pink on day one, white with pink tips on day two and then white on day three--something new every day. This lotus will produce flowers throughout the season.
Flower Color: Changeable
Plant Height: Tall, 48” and taller
Flower Type: Single or Few, less than 20 petals
Pot Size: 20” and wider, 12”-18” deep
How do I fertilize lotus? When do I fertilize my lotus?
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 tablet per gallon of soil in the pot. Once the lotus has started to grow vigorously tablets can be added every 3-4 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 tubers.