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Lisianthus

Eustoma russellianum

Also known as

Texas Bluebell, Prairie Gentian, Tulip Gentian

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

90cm

Max

50cm

50cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Lisianthus Overview

Lisianthus is grown for their beautiful flowers. They are commercially cultivated world-wide for the cut flower industry. Tricky to grow in home gardens, they must be kept moist but not overwatered. Overwatering may result in the growth and development of fungal diseases.

Common problems with Lisianthus

Susceptible to damping off as seedlings, as well as botrytis, leaf spot, blotch, downy mildew, root rot and stem blight diseases.

How to harvest Lisianthus

Harvest flowers early in the day once the bottom blooms have opened. It will last well in the vase, re-cut stems and change the water every 3-4 days to prolong vase life. Using flower food will be beneficial.

How to propagate Lisianthus

Seed

Tiny seeds that must be sown on the surface, not buried in autumn or late winter.

Cuttings

Root 10-15cm softwood to semi-hardwood cuttings under misters and with bottom heat.

Special features of Lisianthus

Attractive flowers

Cultivars may be white, cream, pale lime, pink, lilac, purple and bicoloured.

Other uses of Lisianthus

Indoor pot plants.

Ornamental

Popular cut flower