One of the largest and most popular companies in the USA for distributing Lotus, Pond Megastore is proud to announce the office PondLotus.com website dedicated entirely to the lotus farm in Alabama. This site should launch today as the most extensive resource of information to homeowners for growing lotus from both tubers or from seed.
There are also selections of all of the almost 200 hybrid lotus varieties from the farm now available for sale. No other product will be offered from this website and will be dedicated solely to the lotus plants. Laura Bancroft, grower and hybridizer will be featured on many videos throughout the website.
Though only the American lotus species lutea will be offered for sale as seed there is still extensive information on growing any kind of lotus from a seed be it the other species from Asia or a hybrid cultivar.
Many common questions as to soil type, overwintering a lotus, when to fertilize, how to handle pests, how deep to plant underwater, how large a container, and much more will be found in the many pages on the new site.
It's spring time and also time to take a hard look at your pond. Most of us have had to deal with an algae bloom in our pond at some time or another, how you handle the algae problem will be the key to your success in keeping your pond crystal clear!
Many people think that "cleaning" means a complete water changeout along with leaf and debris removal and mucking out the bottom of the pond as well. While it is important to clean out leaves and debris that have fallen into the pond and removing some of the muck at the bottom of the pond, it is important that we leave some of the "good bacteria" in the pond.
Early in the spring, your plants (iris, waterlilies and bog plants) are still asleep and have not begun the process of taking up nutrients from the pond. It is too early in the season for floating plants like water hyacinths and water lettuce as the water is still too cold. So, even though we think we are starting fresh with a "clean" pond. We have depleted the naturally occuring bacteria (the ponds immune system) and we are left with nutrients, water and sunlight. The perfect recipe for algae.
Note algae is not harmful to much of anything except our pride. Unless you are overfeeding or keeping the pond out of balance an algae bloom will be short lived.
We never recommend chemicals for a pond. Once you use chemicals you have to kill the algae, the dead nutrients remain in the water awaiting the dissipation of the chemical. You have really done nothing to help with the algae, just gotten into a chemical cycle ($$$). Remember the recipe for algae is water, sunlight and nutrients. Since you basically have those ingredients in you pond at all times, you must find a way to achieve a natural balance.
We do recommend that you add natural "good" bacteria to your pond, a biological filter is a harvest point for the bacteria. Also, when cleaning your filter, leave a trace amount of the good bacteria in the filter to help maintain a healthy balance. We call this, seeding the pond with "good" bacteria.
We also recommend oxygenators for your pond such as hornwort, vallisneria, anachris and other oxygenators to uptake the nutrients left behind from fish waste. Many oxygenators are hardy and can begin the uptake of nutrients early in the spring.
Marginal plants that grow above water like Louisiana Iris are also excellent for nutrient uptake and removal.
You don't have to rid your pond of algae before you start adding plants to your pond unless the algae problem is overwhelming. Once it warms up a bit, shade from water lettuce, water hyacinths and water lilies will help with the existing algae. Your shelf plants and marginals will now begin to be helpful in taking up some of the algae as well.
Try not to feed your koi or goldfish as there is plenty of nutrition for them in the water. We don't want their waste creating more nutrients to feed the algae bloom! You can add natural barley products or beneficial bacteria at this point and you should soon see progress and hopefully,the bottom of your pond through your clear water!
It is very important to remove flowers from Waterlilies and Lotus as we do not want new seedlings falling into the water and growing. No hybrids even crossed with only itself will become the same plant from seed. This is the reason we (and most all credible lotus and waterlily growers) do not sell seed. Only species crossed within themselves will produce a replicated plant. Our waterlilies and lotus are grown only from tuber or rhizome root division so that each plant is identical and true to name.
Most marginals are also by root division, some like out canna's, taro, and a few others come from tissue culture facilities. This can be due to costs, or mostly in the canna's favor to prevent an disease from entering the nurseries. in the late 1990s and early 2000s the world was ravaged by one or more canna virus and now the only way to be sure the plants are healthy and disease free is to buy from a nursery like ours where the plants are indexed virus free from the tissue culture labs. Tissue culture has saved many species in the last few years in the plant world.
Over a dozen new water lily varieties. Many more marginal and Lotus. Come back and download the Spring price list and feel free to consult us on the needs for the Nursery Garden Centers, Pond Installers, Natural Pool, Farm ponds.
This year we will specialize in working with pond installers on project plantings directly if you so choose. We will have special contact people that help with any plant questions, planning the ponds if you need, plants by region and zone, native plants, and other specialized questions.
Lotus season is February 1 - May 20th remember to check in early. We have dozens of varieties ranging from dwarf bowl lotus to large 5 to 8 foot varieties.
As always we supply many plants year round from wholesale water hyacinths and water lettuce, to other staples like oxygenating pond plants such as hornwort and anacharis.