Maggie Bell Slocum Lotus has huge, lavender-pink flowers and bright-gold receptacles. The plant grows tall and beautiful out of the water and is simply breathtaking! This is an excellent specimen for your medium to large pond or water garden. This lotus looks amazing when planted in wide, shallow containers and placed on your deck or patio. Also looks great in terrestrial gardens where the containers have been placed 'in ground'. The tops of the containers are level with the ground surface and you can plant lotus in any sunny location!
Plant this specimen in a wide, shallow container 18-48 inches wide or wider, using heavy loam soil. Dig a trench in the soil and place the lotus tuber in the trench being careful not to break or damage the growth tips. Cover the tuber with soil while leaving the growth tips exposed. Add four to six inches of water above the soil and place in a sunny location outdoors. In a week or two you should have coin leaves on the surface of the water--a week or two after that you should have aerial leaves growing out of the water. Once you have aerial leaves, it is time to fertilize your lotus.
Please Note: Once established, this lotus can grow 4-5 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide if given enough room. The wider the container, the larger the plant becomes (also producing more blooms)! A magnificent specimen for medium to large ponds or very large containers!
Lotus are very heavy feeders. We recommend Waterlily World Fertilizer Tabbs + Humates for optimum growth, best bloom and ease of use. Simply press four to six fertilizer tabbs into the soil near the roots of your lotus. Do this once a month throughout the growing/blooming season (June through September). Your lotus should grow and bloom the very first year!