How to Grow Lisianthus

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The lisianthus is a cut flower that is an annual is most climates, and they can be started by seed in the spring. When growing the lisianthus in cold climates, let them dry out between waterings with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to learn all about how to grow lisianthus, one of my favorite cut flowers. I just love them. They're so gorgeous. We used to grow them our greenhouses growing up, and they're an annual in most climates, and you just start them by seed in the spring. They're very slow-growing. We grew them in the greenhouses. It's very difficult to get blooms in cold climates. If you have a short summer, you've got to start them earlier in the house and then put them outside. But to learn how to grow them, let's find out where they're native. So lisianthus, also called eustoma, E-U-S-T-O-M-A -- a lot of books will list them as that plant -- are native to the Southern United States and Mexico. So they're found in Texas, and they're called Texas bluebells as well, and also called the prairie gentian. So that tells you right there that they grow on the prairie. They like hot, dry summers, and really prairie conditions. So when you're growing them in colder climates, you've got to make sure and really let them dry out in between watering. If they get too wet, they do get moldy real easily. And they need a long blooming time, so again, start them indoors early, and then put them outdoors. They're a great cut flower, and they last for weeks as a cut flower. They look like a paper rose, and they're great white with purple edges. They're one of my favorite, favorite cut flowers. So lisianthus, which is now called eustoma, really needs full, hot sun all day. They don't like any shade at all. And they want good drainage, they want good fertile, composted soil to do the best. But outside of that, they don't really ask for a lot more. So just treat them like an annual -- start them in the spring, let them bloom all summer, save the seeds in the fall, and you can re-plant them in the spring again and you can enjoy them for many years.