A pond filled Lotus plants is a spectacular sight. Lotus plants begin to sprout and grown several weeks later than waterlilies, often not until July or August when the water begins to warm up; they should not be placed outdoors until the water reaches 65 degrees. Lotus are best contained in pots that prevent the tubers from runnning rampant because if left unchecked the lotus will take over the entire pond. Lotus are available in a range of sizes from miniatures, growing no more than a foot and having flowers no larger than a tennis ball, to huge plants reaching 6' in height with leaves and flowers as large as basketballs. The lotus plant also comes in a phenomenal aray of colors and fragrances. Colors range from the deepest rosy pink to the cleanest white. The blooming process of the lotus is quite unusual compared to waterlilies, it only last for about four days and occurs in very early mornings. On the fourth day the flower will open during the day or afternoon and then begin to fade and tatter and shed its pedals. Day-length vary greatly from cultivar to cultivar. They strive in full sun and are susceptible to high winds. Water depth ranges depending on cultivars.