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Pick perfect white "roses" all summer.
It looks amazingly like a white rose, both in bud and in flower. But it's easy to grow alongside other annuals, unfazed by heat and drought. This wonderful variety has pristine white 2" flowers. A row will yield many dozens of "roses" all summer and for just pennies each. It's relatively difficult to grow from seed, so we offer only ready-to-go plants.
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.
The typical height of this product at maturity.
The width of the plant at maturity.
Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.
Beds, Cut Flowers, Decorative
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.
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.
Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
Start Indoors Fall
Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
Start Outdoors Fall
Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
First Date: May-02 - Last Date: May-30
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.
Beds, Cut Flowers, Decorative
Lisianthus, White Rose is rated
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Rated 5 out of
Lovely flowers, but split them into single plantsThe seedlings arrived in absolutely perfect condition, not a single wilted or yellowed leaf! Burpee was more than generous with the number of seedlings they sent, too! All but one of the 12 punnets in my order contained multiple seedlings!
This was my first time trying to grow Lisianthus, so unfortunately I just planted the contents of the punnets as is, not wanting to disturb their roots. I now know this was a mistake on my part, as all the plants (except the one that was alone in its punnet) were stunted due to overcrowding. But even in a stunted state, each group of plants still produced multiple gorgeous blossoms, which as cut flowers lasted several weeks indoors before even beginning to wilt!
Lessons learned: with my next order I'll know to tease apart the roots of any multiple seedlings, and make sure to plant each one separately.
They fit really well in the long narrow pots lining my path, with their neat growing habit and low-effort maintenance, needing only one watering a week.
They seem to like an alkaline soil: after a couple of months I covered the surface in fine marble chips, which corrected a slight tendency to yellowed leaves.
Before planting I recommend you sterilize your pots (wet the insides with chlorine bleach then rinse very thoroughly, preferably with boiled water) and use only freshly bought potting mix that drains well. Another mistake I made was reusing old soil that was left over in the pots, and because of this, several plants unfortunately died of a fungal infestation that wilted them from the roots up.
But the rest are still alive at the end of the year, which was a very pleasant surprise from a plant clearly labelled as an Annual!
Date published: 2018-12-29
Rated 5 out of
Jane Doe from
Perfect plants!They arrived in perfect condition!!! Such sweet baby plants. I planted them right away and I could see by the next morning they had perked up. Now its up to me because I am never very good with plants. Thank you Burpee!
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 1 out of
Sea Otter from
Short and short lastingI used to be able to get tall beautiful White Rose Lisianthus that would come back from the root for 3-4 years. I am so disappointed in the last order. They are so short that they can't be used for a cut flower. They died halfway through summer and the few flowers did not make much of a show.
Date published: 2016-09-23
Rated 5 out of
changing my earlier reviewI posted earlier that I was disappointed in the white lisianthus plants I received. I emailed back and forth with Burpee's nursery and they made good on the ones that didn't survive. Also, though, I want you to know that the 6 that did were gorgeous and bounced back very nicely. They bloomed profusely all summer and into the fall with a nice smell. They are stark white with nice, glossy green leaves...this is just what I was looking for. And they are actually still alive here in November. I'm going to attempt to keep them alive in my garage this winter.
I loved them so much that I just ordered 2 dozen more of the white and am trying 2 dozen of the blue. I like the lisianthus because it thrived in the heat and drought we had here in the Midwest this summer. I am planning to put them in pots in full sun in places that I usually have problems needing to water daily. I'm sure they'll thrive and be beautiful for me there.
Date published: 2012-11-26
Rated 1 out of
really disappointedOrdered this "White Rose Lisianthus" with high hopes of receiving beautiful plants that I could pot and grow this summer for the "thriller" smell and beauty advertised here. They were in bad shape when I received them. Wilted and looking like they had already rosetted. Rather small as well. I planted them any way hoping....hoping... Planted them within days of receiving them in potting media mixed with some perlite along with fertilizer. Have kept them watered but not wet....about a month later, half of them have died. The rest of them still look puny and wilted. I'm a hopeful gardener and will keep them in there as long as I can stand it. I just expected to receive something better than this from a quality company.
Date published: 2012-06-05
Rated 1 out of
Not worth itOrdered 6 plants for planting in 2009. Dissapointing by legginess of plants and few blooms. Instead of being bushy and having many blooms like in the photo, my plants were leggy and only produced a couple of blooms each all summer. They were in a container with Miracle Grow Potted soil, fertilized monthly, and well watered in full sun. Would not recommend.
Date published: 2010-01-17
Rated 5 out of
Blue and White Rose LisianthusI ordered a mix of blue and white rose last year, 48 each. They were the healthiest plants I've ever received via mail order. I can't recall when I planted them probably early May sometime (I live in Omaha NE). Their performance was astounding. They grew very well in full sunlight even during the hottest parts of summer. And they flowered like CRAZY. I've never seen plants put out so many large heavy flowers, often four or five per plant. They bloomed incredibly prolifically all the way into late fall. Very beautiful flowers too, very rose-like as advertised. I got tons of compliments on them, they were by far the stand-out success in my garden. My only problem was that the blue-flowering plants, which grew somewhat taller, weren't strong enough to hold up the masses of flowers and would droop over sometimes. At any rate this year I am ordering many more.