Light blush pink, 2-3", fully-double flowers. We chose the Arena series as a later flowering group 3 (main season) series that can be planted along with an earlier group 2 series, such as the Mariachi series, for a staggered harvest. When planted at the same time, Arenas start to bloom approximately two weeks after Mariachis. Group 3, for late spring, summer, and fall harvest. Lisianthus is also known as prairie gentian, Texas bluebell, and showy prairie gentian. Pelleted Seeds. Ht. 24-36". Avg. 18,000 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-15 days at 70-75°F (21-24°C).
SOWING: Transplant: Greenhouse production is highly recommended. Sow 12-13 weeks in deep cell packs before last frost. Light is needed for germination, but a fine layer of vermiculite covering the seed will help control algae growth. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not saturated and maintain 70-75°F (21-24°C) soil temperature. Provide good air circulation until emergence. Reduce moisture levels once emergence has occurred and allow to dry out slightly between waterings to prevent algae growth. After emergence, reduce the temperature to 60-70°F (16-21°C). Avoid stressing the plants with high temperatures over 85°C (29°C) and overwatering during this stage to prevent rosetting (the resting stage). Early transplanting is recommended. Transplant no later than the fourth leaf stage, approximately 55-60 days. Direct seeding is not recommended.
DISEASE: Applying Rootshield® Home & Garden is recommended to provide prolonged protection against root pathogens.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Well-drained soil high in organic matter.
PLANT HEIGHT: Varies.
PLANT SPACING: 4-8".
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
HARVEST: Fresh: Harvest when 1 or more of the flowers on a stem are open.
STEM LENGTH: 12-34".
VASE LIFE: 10-15 days 36-41°F (2-5°C) ideal storage temperature.
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Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
155 - 165 Days
Plants are either Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grows year after year), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits. Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets
Good variety to choose for fresh cut Flowers displays.
This symbol is assigned to only those varieties that we have found, based on our trials, to be the best performers in a climate-controlled greenhouse environment. These varieties have been selected based on proven vigor and disease resistance to sustain healthy growth through a longer season, high yields to justify the investment in the structure, and excellent flavor and appearance.