Lisianthus may still be called Eustoma; it is a beautiful, magnificently flowering plant with straight stems. Peduncles rather long and they are very large, funnel-shaped terry or simple flowers, which can be a variety of colors. From a distance Lisianthus resembles a rose, so many growers want to add it to their collection.
Lisianthus: growing from seed
Planting of seeds is carried out on a pre-disinfected substrate, they are slightly tamped, sprinkled with a layer of soil on top. Then you need to cover the box with the seeds of glass or film. It is necessary to create an optimum temperature in the room - about 25 degrees.
About 10 days later, after sowing the seeds, the first shoots begin to appear. At first, seedlings develop very slowly, but as they grow, one must begin to gradually harden the plant in order to prepare it for cultivation in open ground. It is necessary to take into account the fact that lisianthus eustoma and lisianthus russell have different growing features, which are determined depending on the plant variety.
After planting seeds, after about 6-7 weeks, it is necessary to perform a pick of the plant. As soon as the seedlings reach a height of 2 cm, they spike in small bunches (about 4-6 pieces). To do this, you need to pick up simple flower pots, which should be at least 6 cm in diameter. After the picking procedure has been completed, you need to shade sprouts in a room in which the temperature will be about 18 degrees.
Lisianthus care requires very simple, the main thing is to be very careful with young sprouts. As soon as the plants grow a little, they can be transplanted into open ground, and for this it is recommended to use the method of transshipment. Thanks to this method, there is no violation of earthen coma, therefore, gentle roots will not be injured. Lisianthus can also be grown in flower pots, but for this, it is transplanted into a larger one, which has a diameter of about 10 cm. If the plant is grown as an annual, transplants will no longer be required.
Some gardeners are advised to plant a plant using the bush method, but it is better not to carry out such experiments, as the result Lisianthus will simply die. The fact is that this beautiful flower very badly tolerates any injuries of the root system and even with minor injuries can die. Do not try to breed Lisianthus and with the help of cuttings, as they do not take root. That is why the seed method of plant breeding is the most effective and popular.
Plant transplant, home care
When a lisianthus is transplanted into a pot, a layer of drainage is poured at its bottom, then it is filled with a mixture of peat, fertile soil, and charcoal that has been crushed beforehand. The plant needs fresh air and diffused light, but it should be bright enough. The ideal option would be to place the pot on the east or west window.
For watering you need to use soft water at room temperature, while it must be defended in advance. Watering is done only when the soil begins to dry well. Lisianthus does not need abundant watering, as a result it can lead to various diseases. Watering is significantly reduced in winter. For feeding you need to use liquid complex fertilizers that can be added immediately during irrigation.
Observing the above simple recommendations for care, Lisianthus will delight with its beauty for several years, while constant flowering is possible. Unusual and bright flowers of the plant will make it a perfect decoration for an apartment, a loggia and a summer garden.