I need some experienced advise on how to get my lotus back in shape. I have had this plant for years in a pot thats about 24-30inches in diameter and for the most part it has done well. Last year I cut down a tree that had grown and shaded my water garden so I was expecting more and better growth and flowering from my lotus and water lilies. I fertilized with tablets I have been using for years early in the spring. They are suppose to last a year.
As you can see from the picture the leaves have poor color. Its what I would call chlorophytic, meaning nutrient deprived. That surprised me since I fertilized them adequately. Also does anyone have any ideas about why the leaves were such a sick color? It only had a hand full of blossoms too.
The second pictured shows how the plant got top heavy and kept tipping over. I didn't have the time in the spring to really address the issue so I left it leaning and you can see the new growth in going straight up now.
What a mess. I need to rehab this plant and want some advise. Should I pull it out and repot it now or repot it in the fall or winter. Maybe it would be best to wait until new growth begins in the spring.