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oriole
Mifflintown, PA
(Zone 6a)

November 6, 2007
12:09 PM

Post #4163113

Can anyone give me any info on starting Lisianthus seed? Somewhere I heard that they need started in Nov/Dec. to flower in my area. Any help or info appreciated.
Dixie

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

November 9, 2007
1:30 AM

Post #4173579

I germinated them in 2006. My notes say "warm/light' which means
I put them on top of the soil and no stratifcation (cold). It took about
2wks.

They do take a long time to get to blooming size. I started mine in
Jan and they didn't bloom 'til late summer. We live pretty close to
each other, but you are probably in a bit cooler location than me.

Tam
oriole
Mifflintown, PA
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2007
2:12 AM

Post #4173711

Thanks Tammy, I guess I better get busy. I really didnt want to start anything til after the holidays. Did you have good germ.?
wgnkiwi
Burlingame, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 9, 2007
3:01 AM

Post #4173859

I wintersowed some Lisi's last year. I think I started them off just after christmas. I got a good germination rate but only two plants made it once transplanted into the garden (I think I was fed up with them by then). They started flowering about 3 weeks ago and are still going strong. Frustratingly slow but worth it in the end.
oriole
Mifflintown, PA
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2007
11:18 PM

Post #4176688

Sounds like it might be a tiresome chore for my zone. They sure make a nice cut flower and are long lasting.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

November 10, 2007
1:49 AM

Post #4177218

Germination rate was good. I would probably buy them rather than start from
seed - I found a nursery that sells them for a reasonable price in Lancaster county
oriole
Mifflintown, PA
(Zone 6a)

November 11, 2007
11:41 AM

Post #4181345

That was my problem, I couldnt find any in my area. I live in a rural area. One greenhouse had plants,but they were all promised to someone.

My granddaughter and I planted seed yesterday.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

November 11, 2007
2:00 PM

Post #4181576

Oriole - are you close to Lancaster County? There's an amazingly wonderful
nursery there.

Tam
oriole
Mifflintown, PA
(Zone 6a)

November 13, 2007
3:29 PM

Post #4188709

Tam. I am around 50 miles from Harrrisburg if that gives you an idea. What is the name of the nursery?
With age and the price of gas I dont venture as far as I used to. But I do have a couple of daughters and a son. Hmm
Dixie

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

November 14, 2007
1:26 AM

Post #4190523

Its called Black Creek Nursery and its in East Earl near Morgantown.
I'll see if I can find a link for you & will d-mail it. They have amazing
prices and variety. I just LOVE them. My dad visits from State College
and we go together. Last time I wasn't sure I'd fit him in the car. ;-)
too many plants.
LeBug
Greenville, IN
(Zone 6a)

November 18, 2007
9:17 PM

Post #4207445

I just saw this thread, I planted mine in Feb. just got two plants and have that they started blooming in August, I never did get seeds off of them though before it got cold, they sure are beautiful! I plant to grow them again this year.

I wish I knew why I only got two plants I was real careful and planted mine in vermiculite but only ended up with two.
oriole
Mifflintown, PA
(Zone 6a)

November 19, 2007
11:28 AM

Post #4209088

I have my seeds planted and I see a couple peeping there heads out. Now if I can keep them alive. Its going to be a long time fooling with them. I have a small greenhouse but it will not be warm enough to put them in it. I only use it to keep things from freezing.

Tammy you have dmail.

wind

wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

November 20, 2007
2:51 AM

Post #4212303

hi, I tried to grow lisianthus seed in '06 after I saw it at the Phila. Flower show. what can I say...I started the seeds indoors in the spring, they seemed to germinate ok...then after hardening off outside I believe they just up and died. I have to try and find my notes about it in my garden journal. I was disappointed because they are soooooooooo pretty.

wind

wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

November 20, 2007
3:04 AM

Post #4212353

found in my notes that I planted lisianthus blue and yellow in march '06 and in May the seedlings were still so tiny, not growing much and the top of the soil was starting to get moldy...also if I recall the seeds are so tiny they came pelleted.
oriole
Mifflintown, PA
(Zone 6a)

November 20, 2007
11:30 AM

Post #4212953

Yes,my seed were pelleted, They are not coming up very well. Oh well if they do make a good showing I will forget them in the Holiday flurry.LOL
They really make a nice cut flower, last a long time.

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