Beautiful flowers on strong stalks, bluish-green foliage. We start ours very early, so that we can enjoy them all summer long. Our original seed was 'Echo mix', which had many colors - by now, several generations later, we're down to white, light blue, and dark blue. I start these every year, very early on (in December). They don't take all that long to germinate (typically about two weeks), but then they take forever to reach a decent size. I often pot them larger in March or April, and they haven't reached two inches height yet by that time.
||lisianthus; prairie gentian
||ordinary garden soil
||germinate at room temperature. start early (December/January) to get flowers by early summer.
detailed seed-starting info below
This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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|Dianne||Jun 25, 2005|| Thank you so much for your pictures. I love Echo flowers. I bought some Echo Whites last year from a nursery. I went again this year to get some more but they only had blues and pinks. I bought them and they are blooming now and I love them everybit as much as the whites, if not more. They are truely my favorite flowers. The leaves remind me of the sweet pea and the flowers come on like roses. They are the greatest flower I have ever seen. I have not ever seen any seeds or plants in any of the catalogs I recieve. At least I don't think I have ever seen them in one. Where do you get your mix of seeds? I thought I would like to try and start some plants on my own. I am not that great tho at it and would probably rely on the nursery I go to. I have only seen them at one nursery. Thank you for any input you have about these beautiful flowers. Dianne|
I got my original seeds at Park - I'm pretty sure they still carry a range of lisianthus. I also have it on my trade list. Note that you have to start them real early in winter, in order to have blooming plants by summer.
|Jan||Aug 03, 2009||Is the lisianthus plant a perennial? I'm Zone 4.|
I believe it's a tender perennial - but certainly not hardy in zone 4. To grow it as an annual, it needs to be started in early winter in order to bloom by July.
|Francina Gosling||May 07, 2013||I am looking for plants/seedlings of Eustoma/Lisianthus, as I absolutely adore the beauty of these flowers. Can you please advise where I can get some seedlings/plants? I live in Durbanville, Western Cape. Looking forward to hearing from you
I'm afraid I have no idea where to obtain the plants in your part of the world. Good luck finding a source.
- Coated seed from Park. 6pak 70F (16%G, starting 21d).
Seed from '00 garden. 6pak 65F (20%G, starting 14d)
- Seed from '00 and '01 garden sowed to surface of pot at 65F. Lots of seedlings starting 10d
- Seed from '05 garden. Surface-sowed pot (Dec 8) at 65F. Germination started Dec 25. Fair germination percentage, slow growth - potted up Mar 18.
- Seed from '09 garden. Surface-sowed pot (Dec 26) at 70F. Germination started Jan 16. High germination, dense growth of seedlings in pot
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