Uniquely colored and exceptionally strong
Days to Maturity: 168
Rosanne 2 Lisianthus, an F1 hybrid, is typically grown as annual offering midsummer interest. Most lisianthus have an incredibly romantic and delicate appearance, their flowers papery and pastel. However, Rosanne’s double flowers are exceptionally strong and boldly colored, having thick, waxy petals and an intense clear green color. Borne on graceful, long, and slender stems, the flouncy flowers have a long vase life and make excellent cuts for bouquets and floral arrangements, easily replacing roses. The flowers are quite versatile and mix well with a wide array of colors. They are a great choice for farmers markets or for farmer florists.
An Eustoma grandiflorum, commonly called lisianthus, prairie gentian, or Texas bluebell, Rosanne 2 Lisianthus has a slow growth rate. Shown to best effect when grouped or massed, lisianthus should be planted in groups of five or more in beds, borders, and cutting gardens. They grow especially well in raised beds.
Lisianthus grows naturally in warm, dry climates and prefers full sun and average, uniformly moist but well-draining soils with a slightly acidic pH between 6.5 and 7.0. It’s very important that the soil drains well, as soggy soil may cause root rot. Lisianthus has good drought and heat tolerance, but in hot regions, a little afternoon shade may be beneficial. Keep weeds under control or they might overtake fragile new seedlings and apply an organic flower fertilizer about once a month. Water mature plants deeply but less often, usually when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch, being careful to not get water on the leaves. Pinch back the plant to promote branching. To encourage continual flowering, deadhead spent blooms. To encourage a second flush of blooms, cut the stems back to the basal rosette after the first flush and water and fertilize well.
Start lisianthus seed indoors at least 10 to 12 weeks before the last frost date and transplant seedlings in the garden at the fourth leaf stage after the threat of frost has passed and temperatures range between 65 and 77¡ãF. Lisianthus loves cool temperatures when putting on root growth, so plant them earlier than later. Maintain high relative humidity for 10 days after transplanting, keeping the soil evenly moist. Do not allow the soil to dry out or to become too saturated.
A native plant, lisianthus is indigenous to North America, growing naturally in the prairies and fields of the Great Plains of the U.S. from Colorado and Nebraska south to northern Mexico. Native plants are not only beautiful but also environmentally friendly. Naturally adapted to the climate and soil conditions of the region, they thrive without fertilizers or extra watering, once established. They also act as natural pest controls, reducing the need for pesticides in the garden. Landscaping with native plants promotes biodiversity and provides shelter and quality food for wildlife and pollinators, bringing gardens to life.
NOTE: This seed comes as a pellet. Pelleted seeds are small seeds that have been clay-coated to make them larger and more uniform in size and shape, making them easier to handle when planting.
(P)Pkt of 25 seeds
Item Form:(P)?Pkt of 25 seeds
Bloom Start to End:Mid Spring – Mid Summer
Days to Maturity:112
Seeds Per Pack:25
Additional Characteristics:Double Blooms,?Flower
Bloom Color:Light Green
Foliage Color:Medium Green
Light Requirements:Full Sun
Moisture Requirements:Moist,? well-drained
Soil Tolerance:Normal,? loamy
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