The slowest flower I have ever grown

Flower farming in North Central Alberta isn't for the faint of heart. Even with flowers that are easy to grow our spring/summer season is short, which means getting beautiful, high quality, wedding worthy blooms is a challenge. But for those that know me, you know that I am always up for a challenge. 

This year we decided that we would attempt to grow Lisianthus. Lisianthus has got to be the slowest growing flower I have ever met. This little seed is unique in that it takes a long time to germinate and requires light. So you must seed it on top of the soil and then to hold in a bit of the moisture we added vermiculite. We started our seeds on January 26 and after weeks of nothing happening, we finally have a few beginning to sprout. It took them 17 days to emerge! 

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Now that we have passed that stage, we still have a long way to go before they can grow up into a plant that is capable of having flowers. If we make it and you are lucky enough to be one of the people at gets a bouquet with lisianthus in it - treasure it as it has taken a lot of love and care to get to you. Happy Valentines Day!