“Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation “- RUMI
We as women have so much to do all day. As mothers, there is no end to our little-little tasks and daily chores. But one negative emotion is worry, which we are just not able to get out of our minds. ‘What if ….’ is a killer in all scenarios.
Steps to set up a lotus pond –
- I bought 2 lotus saplings from a local plant nursery. Starting with seed would have only taken longer.
- I bought a big stone planter without any holes. I washed it with water a couple of times.
- Then I filled the planter with 1/4th soil and planted the lotus in it. Then I completely filled it with water.
- The water will look muddy but in a day or so, the mud will settle down.
- The lotus leaves will probably be immersed in water but they will grow accordingly in no time and rest on the water.
- I added guppy fish in it so that there would be no mosquito breeding. Guppy is a very delicate and colorful fish that sparkles in the sunlight. Though it is difficult to identify but if you can get a few female guppies, then they multiply pretty quickly.
- You don’t have to give any food to the fish. They will happily survive on algae.
- You have to have a heater for the pond in winters, or else all fish will die in cold weather.
- Most importantly, the lotus will bloom in bright sunlight. So put it only in a place, that gets a lot of sunlight.
- There is no need to change the water. You will get some algae during the rainy season that you can take out. The water never smells.
- Sometimes a new lotus plant can take up to one year to bloom. Wait patiently.
- Lotus does not bloom all throughout the year.
- You can wrap a pinch of fertilizer DAP in a small piece of newspaper and immerse it in the sand once a month. That keeps the lotus plant healthy and helps with the blooms.
‘Lotus – Out of the murky mud of life grows the purely beautiful lotus flower, trusting in its own unfolding.’ – Anonymous