This year, I decided that it was time for a new lotus in the pond. Now, two lotuses in our pond would just be too much, so it was time to retire the classic pink lotus that has inhabited the spot closest to the waterfall for many years. This lotus plant is an old friend, though, one that I wasn’t willing to simply get rid of. After much deliberation, I decided to see if it would survive transplant to a container in another part of the back yard.
Getting the lotus into its new home was definitely the heftiest bit of work. I didn’t want to drop it in too heavily, for fear of damaging both the plant and the new pot. More than that, I really, really didn’t want to get my fingers caught between the lotus and the pot. I like those fingers. Had them my whole life. I was able to get it in there at an angle, though, and from there push it around to a more level position. This is another place where having a friend handy would make a big, big difference. A few buckets of water from the pond and a pause for photos later, and I was done. It seemed like there should be more to it, but, really, it was a rather straight-forward process. Just tiring.
As I’m sure you can guess, I was hugely relieved when, the very next week, the lotus started pushing up leader leaves (the small leaves that grow only to the surface of the pond in early Spring that the lotus uses to gather enough light energy to wake it fully from dormancy). With the transplant, I sort of expected it to behave this year like a freshly transplanted lotus, not performing all that well. So far, though, it has been very impressive. It makes sense, since I left it in the soil container with its well-established root system intact (there’s some argument, but we’ve had it in that container for at least ten years). I’m absolutely ecstatic with how it looks, and I absolutely recommend trying this process out with any of your own pond plants that you’re removing from your pond.
One final note: the water in the pot will likely look very clear and clean with no fish to stir the soil or pollute the water, but this is stagnant water in your yard, so I strongly recommend that you take precautions, chemical or otherwise, to keep mosquitos from breeding in your new micropond. If you value your blood, that is.