Care Instructions for a Lisianthus Plant


  • Lisianthus is a wildflower that has large, long-lasting single or double flowers that resemble roses. Native to western prairie states and botanically known as Eustoma grandiflorum, it is a short-lived perennial often grown as an annual.
  • Planting Location

  • Plant lisianthus in full sun or light shade. The flowers can be grown in the ground or in containers.

    Soil Requirements

  • Lisianthus requires excellent drainage and soil pH between 6.5 and 7.0. According to the University of Arkansas, overly acidic conditions cause slow growth in lisianthus. Use a light potting soil with added pumice or perlite for container-grown plants.


  • Water lisianthus when the top 2 inches of soil have dried during the active growth period in spring and summer. Don’t water once the weather cools and the plant stops flowering, as lisianthus requires dry winters.


  • Michigan State University Extension suggests pinching lisianthus flowers back when they fade to encourage branching and re-blooming.


  • Prevent taller varieties of lisianthus from falling over when they bloom by staking plants before flowering occurs.

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