Mrs. Perry D. Slocum
Mrs. Perry D. Slocum Lotus, from hybridizer Dr. Perry Slocum, has lustrous-pink blooms that change to warm-yellows and then to creamy-white on this tall, changeable, multi-petal lotus. A sumptuous flower with wide outer petals that frame the smaller, curly, inner petals beautifully. Attractive, green foliage adds to the elegant beauty on this tall, large lotus. A feast for the eyes! Plant as a focal point in the pond or in large containers for your deck or patio. Mrs. Pery D. Slocum Lotus grows to 4 feet tall or taller, when planted in a wide (24 - 48 inch wide) container.
After all danger of frost has passed in the spring and daytime temperatures are consistently in the 70's and nighttime temperatures are consistently in the 50's, plant this tall specimen in a 24 - 48 inch wide, or wider container using loam soil. Dig a trench across the surface of the soil and gently place your lotus tuber in the trench with the growth tips pointing up. Be careful not to damage or break the growth tips. Add 4 to 6 inches of water above the soil and place in a sunny location outdoors. Lotus need 8 + hours of sunlight daily to grow and bloom! In a week or so you will 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 that you feed them once a month. We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabs + Humates for ease of use, optimum growth and best bloom! Simply press the fertilizer tabs into the soil near the roots of your lotus, being careful not to damage the roots. Do this each month throughout the growing/blooming season (June through September). You should have blooms the very first year!
What Is Loam Soil?
Loam soil is a good mixture of Topsoil and Sand
If you are lucky enough to have good topsoil in your backyard, by all means, use your topsoil. All you will have to do is add fertilizer. If you are not so lucky--and your backyard is sand or heavy red or yellow clay, you can mix up a batch of loam soil.
You can create your own loam soil by mixing these two ingredients together
- 2/3 Inorganic Topsoil (Little or no organic material added)
- 1/3 Pool Filter Sand
Mix together thoroughly with a little water. Your soil should clump when squeezed. If your soil is mixed properly, it will not muddy your pond water.
You can purchase inexpensive bags of inexpensive / poor Topsoil at Lowes or Home-Depot. Good soil clumps together as a ball in your hand with only a little moisture.
Don't buy brands like Scott's or Miracle-Gro, as they will contain too much organic matter that can foul your water. Buy an unbranded bag of topsoil instead.
You can purchase Pool Filter Sand at any store that sells pool supplies.
Loam soil is well suited for all aquatic plants (except oxygenators). Oxygenators rarely need to be planted, just anchored in the substrate or in a container filled with sand or 1/8 inch pea gravel.
Sand holds little water but does allow for aeration and drainage.
Some DO's and DON'TS regarding Aquatic Planting Soil
DO NOT use potting soils ( as they are too light and will float right out of the pot). Potting Soil has organic material that will rot and foul your water!
DO NOT add too much composted material (as it is too rich in organic matter and it will ferment underwater and destroy the ecology of your pond).
DO NOT use 100% calcined clay as there is no nutritional value in calcined clay.
DO NOT add rocks, stones or pebbles to the top of your planting container as this will inhibit the growth of your plants. Plants do not grow in rocks and stones in nature!
DO NOT purchase API Aquatic Planting Media or Microbe-lift Aquatic Planting Media as these products are NOT suitable for waterlilies, lotus or most other pond plants. They are suitable for submerged grasses ONLY!