Lisianthus: In the December Flower Agenda

This flower, decorating our interiors in the December months, has its roots in the Wild West and has come to Europe all the way via Japan. Even with its delicate appearance, it is quite robust, lisianthus is rather well known but hardly celebrated. This magnificent flower deserves better praise, which can easily be done by presenting them in a special way.   

Lisianthus’ origin 
The lisianthus originates from North America where it grows in desert riverbeds and in prairie regions. In the states of Texas, Nebraska, Nevada and Colorado they call this plant prairie gentian. In the 1930s Japanese growers crossed the prairie gentian, laying the foundations for today’s range. The lisianthus is sometimes called Eustoma, which is the official scientific name.  

Lisianthus shapes and colours 
This flower is mostly seen in white and purple, but there is an enormous choice of colour available: the lisianthus comes in white, green, blue, pink, lilac, purple and salmon hues. Some flowers even have petals with multiple colours. The lisianthus also comes in many shapes: single and double flowered, large and small flowered and even with fringed petals.  Apart from being colourful, lisianthus petals are also very soft and delicate.   

Care tips for customers
Help your customers enjoy their lisianthus for longer by giving them the following tips:

  • Select a clean vase and fill it with tap water at room temperature.
  • Add cut flower food to the water for a longer vase life. This has a very positive effect on the vase life for lisianthus in particular.
  • Cut or trim the stems diagonally by 3 to 5 cm with a clean sharp knife or secateurs.
  • Make sure there are no leaves hanging in the water.
  • Do not place lisianthus in a draught, in full sun or near central heating.
  • Regularly top the vase up with tap water; lisianthus flowers drink a lot because they have thin petals, as a result of which they evaporate a lot of moisture.
  • Don’t place lisianthus near a fruit bowl. Fruit emits ethylene gas which will cause the flowers to age more rapidly.

Source flowercouncil.co