Care of Lisianthus - Knowledgebase Question

Lavallette, NJ
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Question by lhow1
April 26, 1998
I have a plant called lisianthus, but without planting or care instructions. Can you tell me whether to plant in sun or shade and the type of plant it is and how to care for it?

Answer from NGA
April 26, 1998
Lisianthus is Eustoma grandiflorum, or Texas Bluebell. It grows in full sunshine and produces tulip-shaped flowers in purplish blue, pink, or white. Plants like rich garden soil, good drainage, and average fertilizing. You can plant in pots, or use in a border or cutting garden. If planting in the garden, allow plenty of room for the clumps of foliage and 1 1/2 foot flowering stems. Lisianthus is a biennial or short-lived perennial, but you can allow the dust-like seeds to scatter themselves in the garden plot for continued bloom.

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