The President Lotus
The President Lotus is a Perry D. Slocum lotus with stately, red, classic, single-petal blooms and bright-yellow receptacles. The President Lotus produces nice seed pods for arrangements. The color on The President Lotus stays red throughout the bloom cycle! The President Lotus is a great lotus selection for large containers or your pond! The President Lotus is Medium to Tall in size and grows to 4 feet tall or taller in very wide containers (24 - 48 inches or wider)
Plant your lotus tuber in the month of May, after all danger of frost has passed. Plant in a wide (24 - 48 inches or wider), shallow container using heavy loam soil. Dig a trench in the surface of the soil and gently place your lotus tuber in the trench, being careful not to break or damage the growth tips. Cover your lotus tuber with a couple of inches of soil leaving the growth tips exposed. Add four to six inches of water over the soil and place your container in a sunny location outdoors. (Lotus need 8+ hours of sunlight to grow and bloom) In a week or two you should have coin leaves on the surface of the water, a week or so after that you should have aerial leaves growing out of the water. Once you have aerial leaves, it is time to fertilize your lotus.
Lotus are very heavy feeders. We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs + Humates for optimum growth, best bloom and ease of use! Simply press four or six fertilizer tabs into the soil near the roots of your lotus being careful not to damage the roots. Do this once a month throughout the growing/blooming season (June through September). Your lotus should grow and bloom the very first year!