As the delicate ruffled petals of the Lisianthus open, they exude the grace and charm of a wild rose. Available in white, lavender, purple, pink, or bi-colors, Lisianthus offers a unique design element that can be mixed with other flowers or presented in large bunches for a magnificent display. Following a few simple care and handling guidelines, Lisianthus is a versatile flower that is not only beautiful but will perform extremely well with incredible vase life.
Problems & Solutions
Susceptible to Botrytis
Botrytis can develop on leaves, flowers, stems, and pedicels if packed too tightly. Be sure not to over pack boxes leaving space for good airflow and to avoid mechanical damage as damaged tissue is an entrance for Botrytis. Also, avoid getting water on blooms.
Lisianthus is prone to wilting, this crop drinks a lot. Foliage especially wilts quickly if not exposed to high sugar solutions. Growers, Wholesalers, Florists, and Retailers alike should check flower food solution levels daily to be sure there is enough solution in the buckets and replenish as needed. Ideally consumers should receive at least two packets of flower food so they can replenish as needed as well and enjoy the longest vase life possible.
Lisianthus is sensitive to gravity and once pedicels bend, they cannot be restored by placing them upright. To avoid bending pedicels, Lisianthus should be shipped and stored upright in bucket solutions.
Need to Know: Lisianthus Helpful Hints
Properly Mixed Flower Food: The Benefits
- Helps blooms fully open
- Helps Lisianthus stay hydrated and avoid wilting
- Longer vase life
- Better color development and retention
Keep them Fresh!
- Recommend pre-treatment: Lisianthus needs to hydrate well. We recommend pre-treating at the farms with FloraLife® Flower Food Clear 300 or FloraLife® Express Universal 300.
- Recommended flower food solution for storage/transport: FloraLife® Express Universal 300.
- When processing be sure to keep foliage out of solution and keep stems upright. Handle stems gently and do not over pack boxes to allow good airflow and to avoid mechanical damage.
- Recommended flower food solution for end consumers: FloraLife® Express Universal 300 packets or FloraLife® Lisianthus Flower Food, a product that provides extra sugar, which helps increase vase life, flowering percentage, and petal color intensity.
- Shipping storage/transport: Use FloraLife® Transport Paper*.
- Cooler / Storage temperature should be 34-38°F, 1-3°C
- Lisianthus has an average vase life of 14-21days if kept in flower food solution that is replenished as needed.
- Lisianthus can be mixed with other flowers without any negative or harmful effects.
- Opening speed is relatively slow for Lisianthus, ambient temperature as well as designing in a vase vs. foam can be a factor.
- If designing in foam be sure foam is fully saturated prior to using flower food solution. Cut stems at a sharp angle before inserting into foam checking daily to be sure flowers stay hydrated.
- Use FloraLife® Finishing Touch spray once designs are complete to keep blooms fresh and hydrated.
- FIFO (First In First Out) inventory rotation is always our recommendation. If storing dry, Lisianthus should be kept in a cooler the least amount of time possible (3 days maximum) as this crop desperately needs hydration not to wilt.
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