Fully double, dark blue blooms. Spray-type habit with thick, strong stems capable of supporting the heavy double flowers. Lisianthus has long been used as a cut flower for its exceptional beauty and incredible vase life. Commonly known as a fussy plant, requiring loads of skill, we found that with a little patience and care, you can grow lovely lisianthus of your own. Lisianthus is also known as prairie gentian, Texas bluebell, and showy prairie gentian. Echo Blue is a group 1, best suited for spring harvest. Pelleted Seeds. Ht. 28-34". Avg. 37,100 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. Do not cover seed as light is needed for germination. 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 21-28 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 2-3 of the flowers on a stem are open.
USES: Excellent cut flower, beds, and can be produced in 6" pots.