Praefecta. A superb initial starter aquatic fertilizer for mixing into the topsoil for water lilies, lotus, and other aquatics that was developed by one of Tricker's chemist to begin aquatic growth. It was introduced years ago in "Popular Science" magazine and has a proven formula for aquatic plants. It is used as an initial fertilizer to promote robust growth by mixing 1/4 pound to 1 cubic foot of topsoil. After about four weeks, the use of Tricker's TRICO fertilizer pellets should be used.
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Nitrogen (N) is responsible making proteins for new tissue growth, especially leafy tissues such as water lily pads. Yellow or pale green leaves or pads are a sign of not enough nitrogen. If your plants have a lot of greenery and lack flowers, then they may be getting too much nitrogen.
Phosphorus (P) is important for root growth and the growing buds and flowers. It's part of the biological energy molecule, ATP that helps to turn energy from the sun into usable energy for your plants (ADP to ATP).
Potassium (K) plays a role in making carbohydrates as well as helping with resistance to diseases. It's a metabolic regulator helping to balance the biochemistry. Stunted plants may be low in potassium and produce fewer offspring.
William Tricker, Inc.® is a leading grower of aquatic plants, supplier of water garden products and aquarium supplies. Our aquatic greenhouses have produced superior plants for over a century. Customers have been receiving quality aquativ plants and animals that make water gardening easy and fun to do. Purchase with confidence at Tricker's.
William Tricker (born 1853) started his commercial water lily culture in the United States in the late 1800's when he started hybridizing water lilies and studied what helps their growth. The shape, colors and hardiness of his beautiful aquatic plants have withstood the test of time.
In the early 1890's, he earned a reputation as a leader in aquatic lifeforms from hybridiing many water lilies. His water lily nursery and company, in both Ohio and Pennsylvania, was passed down tthrough his family until the 1980's when Richard Lee purchased the Ohio company. In 1892, the first William Tricker mail-order catalog was mailed to customers across the nation, and we still do, today.
A Message to Our Customers
Like other stores, recent events have affected Tricker's including supply lines and employees. Our Team Members have been working as quickly as possible to handle your order. Being short-handed, the propagation of plants and animals has been affected. Tricker's has an energetic crew with new members who are learning all aspects of the company from how to grow the aquatic plants to packaging and shipping to you.
The store in Independence is closed to walk-in traffic because Tricker's brick-n-water store has very limited space to accommodate people. Renovations of the historic site have further limited the space.
Everyone here at Tricker's Water Gardens appreciate your patience during these trying times in our history. We have, and still are, adjusting to accommodate customers. Thank you for understanding and have a very safe and exciting year.