I am a new "pondie". I have been given lotus tubers. One of them has leaves and flower pods. The person who gave them to me has had the lotus 8 years. She said all she does is put the tubers on the bottom of her pond and weight them down with a rock. It has worked for her all of these years. Would like to hear from other folks on this method. She does her lilies the same way.
No it is a rubber liner. but there is a thin layer of dirt I guess from blowing and such over the years. I am going to give it a try. Another friend is going to give it a try with her miniature cattails.
Lotus are amazing plants. I grew up watching them from the tropic-region. I live in zone 7b now, and these plants had (in a half wiskey barrel-size tub) gone through some serious frosts biten winters, and still faithfully sending out flowers each year. They're heavy feeder (in early spring), the only requirement these have is sun, more sun then plus some. It's a good thing that the person shared with your those tubers have had them for a number of years. I've a pond, but these definately won't thrive there since my pond is in the shade. Also, fish (kois and goldfish, shabunkins) in the pond will eat the tubers if you've any fish in your pond.
I have fish in my pond, but my lilies are potted, I don't have any trouble with them eating the stems leaves though. But they are not lotus, just the regular water lilies.
If you pot the lotus, will the fish eat them?
As long as the 'tender' roots and tubers are in some sort of barrier where the fish can't get to them, then they're 'safe'. I have Lizard's tails and water Iris (Lousiana Iris) in the pond, they are in basket, and tolderate some nibbing by fish and such, but they survive okay and will bloom in the shade. My water lilies and Lotus require alot more of sun (in order to bloom)...so sun/shade is a major issue. Others are minor problems that we can work around them. Good lucks.
Lotus really do need s full day's worth of sun for blooming. If you like the leaves and aren't concerned with their blooms, they can take a bit of shade Not all of mine get sun the entire day, and although the shady ones don't bloom very often, the leaves are still the size of a dinner plate and 4 feet tall.
My lotus is in a big tub but had gotten huge. I had 7 blooms this year . It is a noid , lost the tag but it does not bother me. In fact I bought several water lilies this year and did not put tags.. Belle