The Q&A Archives: Overwintering Lisanthus

Question: Thanks for letting me know about Lisianthus, but now I have additional questions. 1. If I start the seeds indoors in containers, put them outdoors during summer and then bring indoors for the winter, will they live to see summer of 1998? 2. Will Lisianthus survive outdoors in the winter? Should I cut it down to ground level, mulch it, and protect with black plastic and burlap/canvas? 3. When I place an order with Burpee and they're out-of-stock on an item, do you substitute?

Answer: You can certainly try to overwinter Lisianthus indoors in pots. However, it may be a lot of work to get them to make it. I'd pot them in fall before frost and bring them into a cool (40F) room to overwinter. If you have a greenhouse or solarium, you maybe able to keep them green through the winter too. Even if you mulched them, they wouldn't survive outdoors in your area. If an item is out of stock, Burpee can select a similar item to replace it. Let them know on your order if you want them to replace items automatically or not..

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