Mrs. Perry D. Slocum
Luminous-pink blooms 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. Attractive, green foliage 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.
After all danger of frost has passed in the spring, plant this tall specimen in a 24-48 inch wide, or wider, shallow container using heavy 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 Tabbs + Humates for ease of use, optimum growth and best bloom! Simply press the fertilizer tabbs 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!