It took lots of research, digging, some begging and pleading, and even a trip to Japan to bring these Lisianthus to America! If you have been paying attention to the world of imported cut flowers, you will know that the Japanese grow the finest cut Lisianthus in the world. That's partly culture, and partly the genetics of the varieties they select. These are the exact varieties that are used in Japan to produce those premium export flowers.
In 2019 I had the pleasure of visiting the cut Lisianthus trials of 5 breeders in Japan. We already have working relationships with the expert breeders at Sakata (Voyage, Rosita, Rosanne and more) and Takii (Corelli, Arena, Croma and more) but Sumika has not had an American outlet until now. The Sumika range offers refined beauty and a range of new designer colors to the world of lisianthus Lisianthus. I expect some of these will come new favorites with American growers.
We have been lacking a good, ruffled, large-flowered lavender Lisianthus up until now, and now we have 3! I have also selected some two-tone varieties where the center of the flower is slightly paler that the outer petals. It's a subtle difference, but your florist customers will notice. There are also some new complex "in between" tones we have not seen before that are perfect for earthy antique color pallettes.
All of these varieties can reach 3' or more when happy. In general the smaller flowered types have more flowers per stem than the larger flowered types, but they are very floriferous.
As these are still very new, I welcome your feedback on these varieties and I will really this information to the kind folks at Sumika.
Celeb- Large to Very Large flowers. Very double fringed flowers. This series dominates the Japanese lisianthus market, and many of the cut flowers we see imported from Japan are Celeb types. It is less stress tolerant to less than ideal conditions, so may not be best for first time growers. (if you succeed with Voyage and Corelli, this series should do well for you)
Megalo- Large flowers with good waviness to the petal. Holds up to high heat
Grace- Large pale lavender. Listed as group 1, but tends towards group 2.
(Seed is in short supply for all of these Lisianthus. As seed comes avaiable we will add additional trays to inventory)
Order 12or more weeks in advance of desired ship date.
Grown in either a 216 (billed as 210) or 128 (billed as 125) plug tray.