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The Sustainable Flowers Podcast:

A conversation about sustainable cut flower growing and designing between two passionate Canadian  growers trying to figure it out.

Heather and Clara grow cut flowers for market on the northern edge of the Canadian Prairies.  In this podcast they discuss the issues they face and alternatives to conventional approaches that they are putting into practice or are trialing to ensure that their small-scale flower farming operations are sustainable. Looking to the past and to new technologies to learn the whys and hows, they discuss everything from peat to floral foam, Antirrhinum to Zinnias as well as their weekly adventures on their Zones 2 and 3 flower farms.

Mar 4, 2019

This week we are talking about one of the cut flowers we both grow: Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum), that are affectionately called "Lisies".  We are talking about them now because, in our Zones (CDN 2a-3a), we have had to plant them already, to ensure blooms by August. 

Despite their long lead time, they are a great cut flower because they are

  • adapted to our drier climate
  • relatively frost hardy
  • quite pest and disease free,
  • long vase life,
  • uniquely beautiful (kind of like a rose!) and
  • superb as a dried flower. 

In this episode we cover

  • how to start Lisianthus successfully from seed
  • growing them on
  • plugs vs. seed
  • our experiences with pest and disease in Lisis
  •  Varieties and "Groups", when to order seed