How to Plant Lotus for a Lotus Pond

A lotus pond.
  • 2-5 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 100
What You'll Need
Lotus tubers
Containers, 18 to 40 inches in diameter, depending on the lotus variety
Clay soil
Lava rock, optional--if you have fish
Sand, optional--if you have fish
Stones, small but weighty

Creating a lotus pond near a garden would make an attractive addition to any landscaping scheme. Lotus plants can also be incorporated into an existing pond

The lotus is a perennial pond plant that will thrive in a pond ecosystem as long as the plant is placed in full sun and in the shallow end of the pond. This ensures that the water is warm enough for the plant to survive.

Lotus plants are easy to grow and care for if done properly, making them a great addition to any pond garden.

Step 1 - Plant in Containers

Gather the containers and other materials and position them so they can all be easily accessed. Fill each container with clay soil, leaving about 4 inches of headspace. If there are fish living in your pond, you will also need to add a layer of lava rock and about 2 inches of sand to each container. Place a couple of fertilizer tablets in each container before covering them with sand or soil.

Carefully place a lotus tuber into each container with its top up, covering it with a little sand. At this point, the stones are used to anchor down the tubers so they will not float away when the container is submersed into the pond water.

Step 2 - Adjust Container Placement

The containers should be placed so the tops are sitting anywhere from 6 to 12 inches below the water’s surface, depending on the variety of lotus.

Step 3 - Fertilize the Plant

Lotus plants need to be fed regularly in order for them to stay healthy. Every few weeks, use fertilizer tablets to feed the plants by pushing them into the containers' sand or soil and covering them. Two tablets per feeding should be enough for most sizes of container. If you have planted your lotus plants in larger containers, you may need to use 3 to 4 tablets per feeding.

Step 4 - Protect During Winter

At some point in August or September, move each of the water plants into deeper water. This will protect the plants from frost and ice during the winter months due to the root structure's being in deeper, warmer water. This is a particular important step in pond plant care.

Step 5 - Change in Spring

In the spring, move the lotus plants back to the shallow end of the pond. Lotus plants are exotic, making them an interesting addition to a water garden. Placing the plants in the shallow areas of a garden pond makes those spaces more visually appealing. A nice effect occurs when they are placed near lily pads in a water garden.

With proper plant care, the lotus pond has the ability to stay beautiful for years and provide a nice atmosphere for relaxing afternoons and pleasant conversations.