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Lisianthus, Balboa Blue Rim

Short Description

Gorgeous purple-rimmed white blossoms are stunning in the garden, elegant and long lived in fresh bouquets!

Full Description

You have to grow this heat-loving annual to really appreciate the beautiful, rose-like flowers. Lisianthus are native to the American Southwest, and this improved variety from Central America is taking gardens by storm. The 3-3 1/2" white petals are rimmed in rich purple. The narrow, upright plants grow 18-22" tall and look best-planted 7-10" apart. Can be grown in containers, in the middle of beds or in the cutting garden. Good vase life and unique silvery green foliage makes this durable annual a welcomed addition to fresh arrangements.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

18-22 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

8-10 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Cut Flowers, Decorative

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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May 01, 2017

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Item 24356 cannot ship to: AA, AE, AK, AP, AS, CN, FM, GU, HI, MH, MP, PR, PW, VI
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How to Sow and Plant

Lisianthus may be grown from potted plants

Planting Potted Plants in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic, well-drained soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant, approximately 6-8 inches apart large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Remove spent flower spikes to encourage flowering and prevent seed development. Pinching the growing tips of plants can encourage bushiness.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Lisianthus is grown primarily for its stunning, long-lasting cut flowers that look like roses.
  • The shorter cultivars are attractive in containers.
  • All types may be used in borders or as edgings, as long as they are spaced closely together.
  • Plants are resistant to heat and humidity.
  • Protect taller varieties from the wind.
  • Pinching can encourage bushier growth.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
18-22 inches
Spread
8-10 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Cut Flowers, Decorative
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
10 weeks
Flower color
Blue, Purple, White
Lisianthus, Balboa Blue Rim is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not happy with it. For the second year in a row, I have ordered lisianthus and it has not grown. It only gets to about an inch or an inch and a half. I only had one flower blossom. Will not order again.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful It took all summer for the plants to really flourish but they are now gorgeous flowers covered in buds and blooms. Super easy to care for, needs full sun and good soil. I will buy again.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Flower I bought this plant because I loved the look of the flower. All the live plants did bloom and were true to their picture here. Only downside is that the plant itself grows very tall & narrow. I hadn't cut it back enough to make it branch out but I think it would have taken a lot of repeated cutting to have it do so. I would recommend planting in a cluster. Be prepared to cut back or support the stems when they grow too tall.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from flowers.. love love love these,, order them every year,, although they do need staked,, Imo a amateur planter and i couldn't kill these,,
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have I am not the best gardener, I will admit.. I'm still learning. But, these arrive as well established plants and they are so easy to grow.. just plant in the sun and make sure to water! I've gotten so many compliments on them and I just love them. They are my favorite flower to plant and I hope to get some every year!
Date published: 2008-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from worth the wait I ordered these plants very early as I knew they would sell out. I planted them as soon as they arrived( May) here on Long Island, NY. It is now the 2nd week in July & they have started flowering---WOW!!! many blooms from a single stem-- I will be ordering again!!!
Date published: 2007-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lisianthus Balboa Blue Rim A showy, beautiful flower that has flourished in one of the hottest and wettest summers on record. It looks as good in the garden as it does in the catalog!
Date published: 2006-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lisianthus Balboa Blue Rim Everyone who has seen it wants it! It's beautiful & healthy, the colors are vibrant and it has a wonderful scent I can't describe! There's tons of blooms per stem too! I plan to buy tons more of this when it becomes available again, not only for myself, but for many of my friends!
Date published: 2006-07-22
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