Hi, I decided to move my Lotus pond and since we were moving also decided to put in a bigger pond at the same time. So we set up the new pond and got ready to move the Lotus.
Here is my problem, I have never moved a lotus before. So I looked on this site and found some great info, however I am still a little intimidated. How excactly do I divide this lotus. I have only had it for 2 years this comming month, and when I followed the directions I found here, it was just a little vague as to the actual separating of the tubers and how to do it.
So far this is what I have done, We moved the whole thing in one pice to the new site. Flipped over the old container and then started washing away the dirt.
I cut mine apart last year. The new shoots are very very very (did I mention very?) fragile...much like a bean sprout.
Hose as much mud off as possible, then remove clusters that have both roots AND growing tips that are sprouting new shoots. Without a growin tip, no matter how big the tuber is, it just won't grow.
I fill black wash tubbies I bought at the dollar store with plain cat litter from Walmart, half way up, moisten it all with water, put the tuber on the top with the growth tip facing up, and cover the bottom half of the tuber with more kitty litter. I put some river rock gently over the surface of the litter, anchoring down the tuber, but leaving the growing tip exposed. Move it where you want it to be, and lower it into place before filling it the rest of the way with water.
Now mind you, I grow mine in the shallow end of my koi pond, so the rocks are neccessary to keep them out. I usually also let a few leaves sprout before lowering them into the pond, so the shoot is less likely to be nibbled off.
I also have them growing in large rubbermaid tubbies with no fish. Kitty litter and tadpoles only. They do very well in there too.
Ok, I think I explained it wrong. There is nothing in the pond except for the lotus. When I did the first one I used a 120 gallon pre-formed pond. Now using a 250 preformed pond. Still nothing going in the pond except the lotus. I used Alabama clay ( my whole yard) mixed with mushroom compost, 3 bags of topsoil and 1 cup of epson salt the first time out. I never fertized the pond after that. Bad of me ,, but I had no0 idea what I was doing. The lotus was sent to me from another DGer who had a very ill hubby and did not have the time to tell me how to do it all correctly. Little did she know but her goldfish had laid eggs and they hatched in the pond. I ended up with 50 or so baby goldfish!!
They were all moved to other ponds except 2 that I never could catch. They finally went to the fish pond today when we emptied this one. So that is where I am at now. I decided to just take a few of the tubers off with tips and roots and save them for a RU next month the rest we as carefully as possible dumped into the new pond. Now I am hoping we did not kill the poor thing. I could not leave it out of the water much longer as it is getting really hot in front of my house which is where the new pond is!!
Thanks so much for all the help. I think I did it mostly right, but we will have to wait and see. I did notice today that there are about 3 leaves starting to open up already, so maybe I did not hurt it too bad. I actually think I should have cut it back more than I did. Well will try again next yesr and now that I have such great directions I am sure I will get it right next time.
The link was very helpful. I am not sure whether it was Bangkok or Shanghai where I saw tons of lotus all over in attractive planters. My question is, since the planters does not have holes do you think the water need to be changed often?
I too have to divide my lotus since it is 8 years old. Thanks for your help. Belle
No, dont change the water...the organic matter that settles to the bottom, feeds the plants. I DO add as many tadpoles as possible. The tadpole poop is just enough free fertilizer to keep the plants going, as well as making the water crystal clear!
I've been growing a great many plants in vases filled with water and tadpoles...hosta...taro...etc.
I am glad to report that the lotus is doing well and has over 12 leaves poping up now. Also the tubers I divided out are also sending out leaves to. So I have the ones for my RU and also for the second pond I am putting in!! Thanks again for all the help!!
im glad your lotus is doing well! i believe each tubber should have at least two growing tips and i believe you make the cut after the inernode. i know each tubber has a node and an inner node. they say to leave a couple of inches off the internode so the dead growth dosent effect the tubber. seems like you did it correctly because you said you have growth already! post some pictures of the flowers when it flowers this year ok? im looking foward to seeming them!
I guess I should update this. My DH was transfered to Alexander City, Alabama. So I had to leave my stuff behind for a bit. We have bought an old 1985 Fleetwood Avion RV and are now living on a largish pond for the next 2 to 3 years. I love it.
Last week when I went home the lotus was flowering already!! Also I got very brave and took a few more tubers from one end of the pond and they are now in a cement mixer tub waiting for me to set up a very small lotus garden here too! I have to go back to Smiths Station on the 10th of July I will get pictures then.
Here is a pic ot two of how it looked after the first divide and transfer.
I am a baaaad person,, I never, ever fertilize mine, and I used, regular topsoil, clasy from my yard and cow manure when I started it. I also added some oxigenationg plants, and baby frogs, and gold fish and just leave it alone. The water stays clear and full of frogs and fish and the ocational turtle. Not real sure why it does so good.
Here is pic of blooms last year,, ignore silly face on Goober...
Beautiful blooms!!! Goober is a cutie, too! Your blooms look tall! Were they full size lotus plants or miniature lotus?
I wonder if the cow manure is what got yours to bloom? I use the pond fertilizer tabs and they grow nice big pads, but never bloom. I'd really like to get some blooms this year. I hope someone shares some suggestions I could try.
wow your so lucky im so jelious you have flowers already! im still waiting for mine to flower! i have lots of beautiful green leaves but no flowers ... yet... i fertizilize my lotus well, and use a special fertilizer with extra phosphate to promote blooming. its a ratio of 10:26:10. i use it on my lillies too. but still no blooms yet... we get plenty of sun here in zone 9a. i wonder why she hasent bloomed yet? well i guess il have to be patient! please post more pics of your flowers when you can and i will do the same when mine blooms. congradulations on your blooms!
it is strange. my lotus also gets a full days sun and its plenty warm. ive also fertizilized with a higher ratio of phousphurs to promote the blooming. leafs are beautiful and green but no blooms yet here in zone 9a. hummm? I did read somewhere that lotus like to bloom in july and later august. i hope this is correct and soon it will bloom! maybe we just have to wait until later in the summer for our blooms? its so hard to be patient after since last year for the blooms. they say the lotus blooms the second season so im so excited to see flowers!
I wouldn't worry about it...I'm in zone 9b, my lotus get full sun from sun up to sun down...they also get fertilized, and nothing yet but tremendous leaves... Odd, because my water lilies are doing better than they've ever done...
I'll just be patient and when they get around to it, fine...until then, I have other things going on in my garden that make me happy... I only worry if I'm doing something wrong, or if there's a problem (like bugs or disease) but that just isn't the case...so at some point, I'm sure they'll do their thing :)
yes hopefully soon they will do their thing and bloom! this year my water lillys are also doing the best they have ever done! ive got many blooms! its just that ive been wantung to see the lotus bloom since last year when they were babies! hopefully it will be soon!
My poor water lilies are being destroyed by a dog running around the RV park. He thinks the large tub I put them in is his personal bathtub!!! Now it look so beat up!! I need to find out who owns this dog and get the owner to put him on a run!!