Lisianthus, also known as Eustoma, is a beautiful flower that is widely used in bouquets and floral arrangements. Its delicate petals and elegant shape make it an ideal choice for weddings and other special occasions. The flower comes in a variety of colors including pink, purple, blue, white, and bicolor. Its beauty is long-lasting, up as it can last up to two weeks when given proper care. Lisianthus can be used to create stunning centerpieces or simply arranged in a vase to add a touch of elegance to any room.
These flowers are said to look like roses and have five petals that resemble bells or cups. The center of the flower is usually yellow and has prominent stamens. These flowers have an interesting texture, with ruffles along the edges of each petal. Lisianthus flowers can grow 1 to 3 feet tall and depending on your region bloom from June or July until September or October. The foliage is lance-shaped and dark green.
The plant is native to prairies and fields in western states and northern Mexico. Lisianthus is a tender perennial. It is hardy for zones 8-10 and is an annual flower in other hardiness zones. It is a beautiful flower that can be grown from both plants and seeds. When growing lisianthus from plants, it is important to select healthy plants with strong stems and roots. When growing from seeds, it is best to start them indoors several weeks before the last frost of the season, so they have time to mature before being transplanted outdoors.
The plant is fussy and not that easy to grow. To make it easier to grow, plant them in favorable conditions, water them carefully, feed them precisely, and stake the plants. To encourage more blooms, deadheading is a must.
Growing and Planting Tips
Soil – Lisianthus is a beautiful and delicate flower that can be grown in any type of soil. It needs well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter and nutrients to ensure proper growth. The ideal soil for lisianthus is a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0, as this will provide the optimal environment for healthy root growth and flowering. It does not tolerate acidic soil and does not like alkaline soil either. Make sure the soil does not get waterlogged or overly wet as this can cause root rot and other issues. The best way to provide lisianthus with the right type of soil is to mix compost or aged manure into the existing soil before planting them. These plants can be grown in containers or raised beds.
Light – The plant needs full sun or partial shade, for six to eight hours, depending on the variety. Full sun is best for lisianthus as it helps them produce more abundant flowers. However, too much direct sunlight can cause the leaves to burn, so it's important to find the right balance between light and shade.
Water – In general, lisianthus prefers moist soil and should be watered deeply to encourage root growth. You can let the soil get dry between waterings but don’t let the plant dry out. Make sure to keep the water off the leaves. A drip irrigation system is ideal for this plant as it directs the water to the roots of the plant.
Temperature and Humidity – Lisianthus loves the heat and can tolerate some drought and prefers low humidity. High humidity is a problem as it can lead to the plant developing diseases. It does not do well in damp climates.
Fertilizer – To ensure that your lisianthus plants thrive, it is important to fertilize them regularly. Use fertilizer specifically designed for flowers. The fertilizer needs to have more potassium than nitrogen. It is also important to use the correct amount of fertilizer according to the package instructions. Too much fertilizer can burn the roots of the plant and too little will not provide enough nutrition for growth.
Toxicity – Ingesting the plant could cause stomach upset or vomiting, so it should be kept away from children and pets. The pollen of lisianthus can cause skin irritation and allergies in some people. It is important to wear gloves when handling lisianthus and wash your hands afterward.