I agree...I look for black tubbies just about everywhere I go. There have been black plastic waste paper cans at the Dollar Store in the past, that are about 16 inches high. I also found black plastic oil draining pans at Walmart that were about 18 inches across and 6 inches deep.
Be careful with the rope handle you have on yours. I thought that being plastic, they wouldn't decompose, but mine did and made a HUGE shredded mess in the water. I'm still scooping inch long individual threads of plastic out a year later. I now cut mine off before I use them, to avoid ever having to deal with that again!
Your lotus look well on their way, did you start from seed or a tuber?
I came in on this late, but are you saying these lotus don't have to be in the pond. Just plant them in a tub with water? I know there is another thread that goes on quite a bit. Hadn't really done more than glance at it as I figured I couldn't do it up here.
My cup runneth over earlier this year when a sweet DGer sent me lotus tubers. I planted them at the beginning of February in an 8-gallon plastic bucket containing garden soil and water. I added 24 little feeder fish minnows in there in an effort to curtail the mosquito population. I was rewarded with a lotus bloom on Easter day. Those are borderline gross feeders. They seem to enjoy palm fertilizer more than pond tab fertilizers. As I speak, this bud is getting ready to bloom in the next few days.
I love my lotus. It's something I have wanted to grow for a long time, but it just wasn't feasible when I lived in Canada (zone 5). Like most gardeners up there, I had a bad case of zone envy. Now, I have the zone and for that, I am SO thankful.
Take care, all.
edited because it seems I can't spell today.
Interesting about the palm fertilizer in lieu of pond tabs...I think I'll give that a try! My leaves are 3 feet tall right now, but as of yet, no blooms this season. My water lilies, however, are blooming like crazy!
Post another pic once it opens...the pinks are so beautiful!
I am trying the Jobe sticks for the first time this summer. My lilies have barely produced pads just yet. But in July they should take off. I hope. Nothing else this summer has come through as in the past, but I will hope. Just lost a koi so am feeling a little bummed.
I have ordered a 1/2 pound of lotus seeds from a California producer a couple years ago. I don't know how many times I have tried starting them from seeds, to no avail. The seeds would germinate, but something always happened to the plant. I have never managed to get more than 2 leaves and then the plant would die. I still can't explain it. I must have some lotus seeds somewhere in my stash. Maybe I'll try starting some again. Who know, maybe it will work this time. Hope springs eternal.
My lotus sit in an 8-gallon blue plastic bin with 2 handles at the side. The container is full of water and stands 18 inches tall. The lotus rhizomes are at the bottom of the bucket, at ground level. The bloom pictured above is 35 inches off the ground, 17 inches above water level. The bloom is 5 1/2 inches in diameter. A colony of little fish keeps the mosquito population at bay.
Here is a photo of the bloom, looking down into it. The plant is visited by butterflies and honey beew. It produces seeds, which I drop into the water in hope that they will germinate. Although there are 3 different cultivals in there, only one produces blooms on an almost-constant basis. I keep hoping the other 2 kinds bloom eventually.
I swear those handled tubbies are the best inventions ever! I use them for just about everything. I have my white lotus in tubbies just like that, but that pink one is awesome! It looks like summer in the garden! Good luck with the seeds...I know I've only had luck when I knick one corner off their hard shell. Then they sprout several days later. But if you've kept yours in the same tubbie, you should(?) be able to divide the tubers by now.
Um, that explains it. Might be worth a try here anyway, especially if I keep them in the garage all winter and start the lights up March 1st like I do for my 'greenhouse' in the garage. Would they die in the water if they didn't have light very often, or would they just go dormant.
thanks realsis. I could run a timed light to give them some during the winter. DH doesn't want to add to our winter load of pond watching (deicers, pumps, checking water levels and composition) and can't say I blame him.