All lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)are sold as bareroot tubers. Price depends on variety, number of growing eyes and storage capability (not size) of tuber. Large lotus will have larger tubers. In general, tubers costing $15 or more should bloom in this calendar year, given proper planting and growing conditions. Planting instructions are included: typically, a round tub 18-24” in diameter less than 12” tall is best. Plenty of sun and fertilizer.