Your Lotus will be packed in paper in a plastic bag with an identifying label. Carefully unpack it as soon as possible after arrival. The growing points on Lotus plants are extremely fragile. If these get damaged they will not re-sprout and if none of the growing points can sprout the plant will die, so please unwrap and handle your Lotus with great care at all times.
The Lotus tuber should be planted in a round container, as the growing points may be damaged by growing into corners. Do not use an open mesh basket such as a traditional aquatic basket, as the growing points will get stuck in the holes in this - use a solid container. The growing container needs to be large - we recommend something at least 45 - 90cm (18 - 36 inches) in diameter and at least 15cm (6 inches) deep. Black containers are best, as these absorb sunlight and warm up the plants in spring more quickly.
Pot the Lotus tuber in heavy loam or special aquatic soil. Add a slow-release fertiliser to the soil. Place the tuber itself just under the soil surface, and then put 5cm (2 inches) of water over this - the plants need as much sun and warmth as possible in order to put on sufficient growth to make tubers for next year. The plants do better in rain water than tap water.
Flowers appear August to September. During the winter leave the tuber where it is, below the frost line, and it will be fine.