Lisianthus & Gladiolus for Wedding - Knowledgebase Question

Mineola, NY
Question by kerrykavana
April 16, 2001
I am getting married in early July in 2 years. I really would love to use The Blue Rose Lisianthus in my bouquet, but not a single cut flower supplier that I can find carries it (I'm doing my own arrangements). I know that lisianthus will continue to bloom if you cut the blooms, but will it bloom into July? (I know that growing my own flowers is in no way an exact science and I won't be devastated if they're not blooming at the right time.) Also, how long before you want them to bloom should you plant glads? I love the "blue heaven" ones, but again, I can't find them from a cut flower supplier.


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Answer from NGA
April 16, 2001

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Those are both gorgeous flowers. Lisianthus thrives in the heat, so if the plant is healthy it should bloom in July. It is an annual, and annuals have fairly long bloom periods, especially if deadheaded. Glads can take about 2-3 months to flower. I'd suggest planting some every 10-14 days to increase your chances of having flowers when you want them. Also, you might want to try the lisianthus this year and see how they perform in your conditions. Finally, did you check with flower wholesalers, as opposed to floral shops? They usually have a wider selection. Hope this info helps!

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