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There are four things to keep in mind with Lisianthus:
- Lisianthus are cup-shaped flowers that bloom along thin, gracefully branching stems. They resemble a cross between a rose and a poppy. The stems usually bear three to five flowers along several immature buds. The foliage is gray-green in color, with a waxy texture. A fresh Lisianthus has two to three mature open flowers with a couple of fully developed buds to open. The open flowers show good color and no discoloration or bruising on the edges. The tips of the branching stems have a slight curve, but for the most part are upright.
- Older Lisianthus may show signs of age by the discoloration of the flower petal edges. The tips of the stems have a more extreme curve and feel to the touch.
- Be careful not to let moisture remain on the flowers of Lisianthus, because water spots will discolor the petals. Lisianthus, because of water spots will discolor the petals. Lisianthus are also prone to mildew.
- Lisianthus are difficult to combine with other flowers. The structure of the flower is dense, with many branching blossoms, and when combined with other flowers the blossoms may appear crowed. Start the bouquet with a few Lisianthus stems as a base. When adding other flowers, clip the branch of the Lisianthus flower that is in the way, so to speak, and tuck other flowers into the new opening. Save the clipped blossoms and tuck them around the edges of the arrangement.
Here are some facts about Lisianthus:
Varieties: Eustoma grandiflorum varieties, single and double varieties.
Colors: White, cream, pink, peach, lavender, purple, pale green, and some bicolors
Freshness: When a couple of the outer blossoms are fully open with a few more blossoms just opening. Watch for bruising and discoloration around the edges.
Vase Life: 7 to 10 days, sometimes longer.
Availability: All year.
Cost: Moderately priced.
Arranging Tip: Lisianthus can be difficult to arrange with other flowers, owing to their dense, branching stems. Fill a vase with a base of Lisianthus, and gently clip away some of the branching stems for other flowers to be added. Lisianthus stems can be separated and the flowers and blossoms used in shorter combinations.
Other: As well as bruising easily, Lisianthus are also prone to water spots, which look as though drops of bleach have spoiled on the petals.
Here are some varieties we have available:
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