Eustoma grandiflorum is the official name of the Lisianthus. Unknown only 15 years ago it has grown into one of the major commercial cut flowers. Well liked by designers for the elegant spray of flowers and appreciated by the public because of the long vase life. It comes in a great array of colours from white, pinks to deep blue and purple..
Note: To improve the vase life of your Lisianthus add 60 grams of sugar to 1 litre of water (1/4 cup of sugar per 1 quart of water). Add floral preservative to keep the bacteria growth down. In this solution flowers stay beautiful on the vase for over 4 weeks!
The assortment is ever changing and the colors and shapes keep on improving. More and more are the double flowering varieties taking market share from the single ones. For spring flowering we use seedlings from the "Heidi", "Balboa" and "Malibu" series. In the summertime we use "Flamenco", "Catalina" and "Laguna" series' plants. For the winter production we use plants from the "Ventura" and "Avila" series.
To the local flower auction these Lisianthus bouquets are shipped in water with floral preservative. Usually 15 bunches of 5 stems are in a unit. All the bunches are sleeved in sleeves with handling instructions printed on them. One of the more important instructions on the sleeve is NOT to place the flowers in the cooler. Spotting of the flowers may result from condensation of water on the flowers.
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Last updated May 12th 2004