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Lisianthus

Eustoma russellianum

Texas bluebell, Prairie gentian, Tulip gentian (Eng.)

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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.

Planning

Difficulty
Advanced
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

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

Geography

Origin
America, southern United States, Mexico, Caribbean, northern South America
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Ornamental
Popular cut flower

Personality

Family
Gentianaceae
Flower colour
White, cream, pale lime, pink, lilac, purple and bicolours.
Scent
None

Problems

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

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