I started some lotus from seed that someone gave me. I would guess they are small variety. Is it possible in zone 7b for them to produce any blooms the first year? One is planted directly in a large plastic pedestal pot(only plant) and the other in a large lily tub pot set inside and above ground pond with other plants. The one in the pedestal pot has close to 20 aerial leaves plus coin leaves. Some of the leaves are larger than my hand. We have temps above 80 probably for at least another month. I have been feeding per pond tab instructions since first couple of aerial leaves. I feel it could use a little more iron. I have only read when to stop feeding for other zones so I wasn't sure if I could get 1 more feeding in this week before I stop for the coming fall.