Maggie Belle Slocum
A truly remarkable lotus with large, rosy-pink petals, yellow-green receptacle and luminous, creamy white anthers! The blooms are majestic and this lotus looks fantastic in containers or at water's edge.
After all danger of frost has passed in the spring, plant this beauty in a wide (18-48 inches or wider), shallow container. The larger the container, the more beautiful blooms you will have! Use heavy loam soil and dig a trench in the soil and place your lotus tuber in the trench being careful not to break or damage the growth tips. Cover the tuber with three or four inches of soil leaving the growth tips exposed. Gently add three or four inches of water above the soil and place in full sun, outdoors. Lotus need 8+ hours of sunlight each day to grow and bloom. If possible, your lotus tuber should be planted by the end of May. In a week or two, you should have coin leaves growing on the surface of the water, in a week or so after that, you should have aerial leaves growing out of the water. Once you have aerial leaves, you may fertilize your lotus!
Lotus are very heavy feeders! We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabbs + Humates for ease of use, optimum growth and best bloom! Simply press 3 or 4 fertilizer tabbs into the soil near the roots of your lotus. Do this each month throughout the growing/blooming season (June through September). You should have blooms the very first year!