Arena III Blue Picotee Pelleted (F1) Lisianthus Seed
Blooms are reminiscent of an antique tea rose.
2-3" fully-double flowers are white with contrasting, dark blue rim. 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. Seeds have been coated with conventional pellets. Certified organic growers, please check suitability with your certifier. Pelleted seeds. Ht. 24-36". Avg. 24,100 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.
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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.
USES: Excellent cut flower, beds.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Eustoma grandiflorum
ALTERNATE NAMES: Prairie gentian, showy prairie gentian, Texas bluebell
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