How To Grow Lisianthus From Seed?
Lisianthus can be grown from seeds also as it is very sensitive to the temperature over 75degrees. It is very necessary to maintain the temperature below this in the entire process otherwise it will result in the resting stage or rosetting of the seeds.
This resting stage makes it hard for the seeds to grow young plants and in case they grow out then they do not become large enough to set out into the garden. The duration of resting stage can vary from few weeks to even months. In this article we will be discussing some of the some common which can be followed to grow Lisianthus from seeds.
Steps To Grow Lisianthus From Seeds:
Here are a few basic steps which can be followed for growing Lisianthus from seeds. They are:
Sowing Of The Seeds:
The seeds of Lisianthus are sown from mid of December to January, approximately 16-22 weeks before the frost arrives. The seeds of lisianthus are very fine so they must be spread in a fine peat, good-quality, vermiculite potting medium. Once the seeds are spread out in the medium, then cover the with a plastic wrap and secure it using a rubber band which will hold in the moisture. A florescent light must be placed Â½ to 1 inch above the container. This is important as the plant must receive 16 hours of light each day till the time the seedlings emerge out. The seedlings take nearly 2 weeks to emerge and it is important that the temperature of 70 -75 degrees is maintained in this tenure.
Remove The Plastic Wrap:
Once the seedling starts growing remove the plastic covering around the pot and adjust the light so that it is 1 Â½ -2 inches above the top of the plants. It may happen that the temperature at night are cooler but do not let them fall below 60 degrees. Watering of the growing medium can be done from the bottom but do not saturate it. Add water only in limited amount so as to keep the medium moist. Provide the seedlings with good ventilation and feed them with calcium fertilizer once in a week. By this time roots, first leaves might have developed in the plants.
Transplant The Seedlings Into 4-Packs:
After 7-8 weeks when seedling have developed, transplant them in 4 different plant so that they can develop properly. The transplantation must be done with great care as the roots of these plants are very sensitive. As the seedlings are not prone to rosetting so it not necessary to maintain the temperature below 75 degrees. The watering of these seedling must be done from the bottom to prevent the seedlings from any damage.
Move The Young plants Out In Garden:
Once the seedling are fully transformed in the plants and attain a height of 3-4 inches and have 3-4 sets of true leaves you can transplant them out in the garden for their further growth. Plantation must must be done in well -drained moist soil where plants can get sunlight for at least 6 hours in the entire day. The blooming of the plants takes place from July till the time the frost arrives.