Another brilliant red lotus in the Chinese City Series by Master Ding Yueshueng, Chinese Red Zunyi has rounded petals around a golden receptacle and dark, lush green leaves. Zunyi produces a more compact plant and is perfectly suited for growing in slightly smaller spaces than all of the other in the Red City Series other than Shanghai which is a medium-sized lotus. Also, notice the picture of the older flower beside the red seed pod. These pods can be removed and used in dried flower arrangements to add a pop of color for a few weeks (they will eventually turn brown).
Flower Color: Brilliant Red
Plant Height: Tall, 48” and taller
Flower Type: Single or Few Petal, less than 20 petals
Pot Size: 20” and wider, 12”-18” deep
Large Lotus (more than 48” in height): 16-24” wide, 10-14” deep Lotus generally prefer wide, shallow pots. Keep the pot size proportional to the height of the plant
How do I fertilize lotus? When do I start fertilizing 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 such as Waterlily World Tablets and Pondtabbs 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 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.