It is a beautiful ornamental plant with large pink flowers. According to the Chinese people "Of all the plants in the world, the lotus is the most unique". The Pink Lotus is a symbol of purity and devotion.
Maintaining the plant is not very difficult. With the proper lighting and fertilizing the plant will lead to beautiful blooms.
The plant should be grown in an area where it'll receive full sunlight. In hotter climates some shade is preferable. You can use a thin cloth for the same.
The plant bears large pink flowers. Large leaves float on the water surface and some grow above water too. The growing season starts in spring. Prune off the old bloom and yellowed leaves for better growth. While pruning, never cut the flower or leaf stems below the water level.
Don't use hard or alkaline water full of minerals as that may lead to accumulation of minerals in the pot over time. You may need to occasionally flush out the old water and fill the pot with fresh water. Refill the pot regularly to make up for the evaporated water.
Use loam mixed in with organic content like compost and manure. Ideally, the container should be large enough for the roots to grow to maintain the water depth, about 8 to 10 inches deep. The lower 1-2 inches will be filled with the soil and rest with water. However, they can also be grown in very moist soil that never dries out.
The size of the lotus depends upon the container you grow it in. They can grow up to 18 to 20 inches.
Don't fertilize during the first year. Fertilize once you see 5-6 leaves. Use a good aquatic fertilizer at the beginning of spring. That's when the plant just begins its growing season. It is a fast-growing plant and needs to be fertilized generously throughout the growing season.
Don't fertilize the water directly as that may change the pH of the water and harm the tree. Cut back on fertilizing in the winter months so that the plant can exhaust the fertilizer in the pot and prepare for dormancy.
The plant can get affected by aphids, Spider mites and leaf-eating insects. Spray them off with water. For severe infestation, use natural insecticidal products. Don't use very harsh chemical insecticides as that may harm the plant.
It is a beautiful flower which is majorly grown for its ornamental value. It can be used as an offering to god in the Hindu and Buddhist religions. Tea brewed from the flower is said to help improve blood circulation and release stress.