Lisianthus - Knowledgebase Question

Portland, OR
Question by jillbob
January 27, 1998
Is Lisianthus an annual or a perennial? Is it a low or high maintainence plant to start from seed?


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Answer from NGA
January 27, 1998

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Eustoma (Lisianthus) is a biennial, or short-lived perennial. That means it will grow for only two years. The seed is dust-like and hard to handle, but you can start plants from seed by sprinkling them on the surface of the potting soil. After about 2 months they can be transplanted into the garden. Most gardeners purchase plants and treat them as annuals rather than expecting them to perform well in the garden year after year.

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