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FESTIVE HOLIDAY INSPIRATION WITH LISIANTHUS

At the beginning of Winter it is time for a trip to the Wild West where we find the roots of Lisianthus. Over the coming period introduce this colourful flower with its powerful symbolism to your customers.

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LISIANTHUS’ HER ORGIN

The Lisianthus originates from North America where it grows in desert riverbeds and in prairie regions. In the states of Texas, Nebraska, Nevada and Colorado they call this plant prairie gentian. In the 1930s Japanese growers crossed the prairie gentian, laying the foundations for today’s range. The Lisianthus is sometimes called Eustoma, which is the official scientific name.

LISIANTHUS SHAPES AND COLOURS

This flower is mostly seen in white and purple, but there is an enormous choice of colour available: the Lisianthus comes in white, green, blue, pink, lilac, purple and salmon hues. Some flowers even have petals with multiple colours. The Lisianthus also comes in many shapes: single and double flowered, large and small flowered and even with fringed petals. Apart from being colourful, Lisianthus petals are also very soft and delicate.

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The Van der Lugt Lisianthus from left to right: 1 Lisianthus Champagne, 2 Lisianthus Prime White, 3 Lisianthus Rosita Pink, 4 Lisianthus Lavendel, 5 Lisianthus Rosita Yellow, 6 Lisianthus Rosita White, 7 Lisianthus Corelli Apricot, 8 Lisianthus Hot Lips, 9 Lisianthus Rosita Red, 10 Lisianthus Excalibur Blue Picotee, 11 Lisianthus Rosita Green and 12 Lisianthus Arena Light Pink.

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The Montana Lisianthus from left to right:1 Lisianthus Rosanna Green, 2 Lisianthus Botanic Blue, 3 Lisianthus Celeb Madonna, 4 Lisianthus Alissa Champagne, 5 Lisianthus Delft Blue, 6 Lisianthus Deep Brown, 7 Lisianthus Alissa White, 8 Lisianthus Alissa Pink, 9 Lisianthus Celeb Grape, 10 Lisianthus Black Pearl, 11 Lisianthus Alissa Light Apricot and 12 Lisianthus Alissa Yellow.

MEET THE GROWERS: VAN DER LUGT & MONTANA LISIANTHUS

This week we have two Lisianthus growers in our Flower Gallery, both with their own specialties. These growers are two of the largest Lisianthus growers in the Netherlands. Read more about them below:

VAN DER LUGT

The colourful flowers will welcome you when you enter the flower nursery of Van der Lugt Lisianthus. After the flowers are harvested, they are processed and placed in water within five minutes. Completely ready for transportation to our cold storage! About 600,000 stems leave their nursery on a weekly basis. High on the priority list of Van der Lugt Lisianthus is quality and sustainability. For a couple of years already, they have been producing their flowers in a sustainable way, that is why they are MPS certified.

MONTANA LISIANTHUS

Everything at Montana is focused on giving Lisianthus an extraordinary, long and splendid vase life. This starts with finding the right varieties. Montana only chooses the strongest varieties of Lisianthus, which have strong branches and gorgeous flowers with strong firm petals. To get fuller branching the plants are wider planted, more generously than usual and special light is being used.

 

CARE TIPS FOR FLORISTS

Help your customers enjoy their Lisianthus longer by giving them the following tips:
• Select a clean vase and fill it with tap water at room temperature.
• Add cut flower food to the water for a longer vase life. This has a very positive effect on the vase life for Lisianthus in particular.
• Cut or trim the stems diagonally by 3 to 5 cm with a clean sharp knife or secateurs.
• Make sure there are no leaves hanging in the water.
• Do not place Lisianthus in a draught, in full sun or near central heating.
• Regularly top the vase up with tap water; Lisianthus flowers drink a lot because they have thin petals, as a result of which they evaporate a lot of moisture.
• Don’t place Lisianthus near a fruit bowl. Fruit emits ethylene gas which will cause the flowers to age more rapidly.

 

FESTIVE LISIANTHUS INSPIRATION

Inspired by Christmas and the New Year festivities, you can come up with extraordinary Lisianthus arrangements. The flower of the month December is a must-have for table arrangements. Check out the three inspiration styles below:

FESTIVE INSPIRATION STYLE #1. PURE SERENE WHITE

Brilliant white and glistering pink with many petals – that’s what makes these Lisianthus so special. Aren’t these colours ideal for your next Winter arrangement? Tip; turn the Christmas tree peak upside down and place it in a bowl. Add some water and Chrysal flower food to the peak and last but not least place your favourite flower in the peak. Easy yet stylish!

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FESTIVE INSPIRATION STYLE #2. ECLECTIC CHRISTMAS PINK

Check out this cool Xmas arrangement by Van der Lugt Lisianthus. They cought on this year’s Christmas trend; Eclectic Gathering. This extravagant trend is a playful combination of bright and dreamy colours such as this soft Pink Lisianthus with rainbow mirror-material baubes. Find the Lisianthus that fits with your trendy floral arrangement in our webshop.

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FESTIVE INSPIRATION STYLE #3. STRIKING NEW YEAR’S WHITE

Make it a December to remember… Now that the holiday month has begun- it’s time to celebrate! Forget all the rules, let go and give your creativity free rein. Go out with a blast this year!

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THE GREENERY THAT FITS IN WITH EVERY TREND: EUCALYPTUS

The dashing Eucalyptus branches are very popular among florists during the Winter season. That is because with this greenery you will always find what you’re looking for. For example, eucalyptus with green/whitish leaves gives a cool effect to the bouquet and the multiple small leaves create a playful effect.

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HUNDREDS OF EUCALYPTUS VARIETIES

Find the perfect Eucalyptus size for your floral designs. The greenery is available in larger and smaller branches with leaves ranging from round to pointy. As you can see below there is plenty of choice when it comes to Eucalyptus.

The Eucalyptus itself is available in multiple natural colours. However, it can also be painted in the more festive colours. Our sister company Coloriginz offers a broad Eucalyptus assortment, ranging from metallic red to shiny blue or even matte orange. All colours of the Eucalyptus are perfect for the holiday season, right?

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The Eucalyptus from left to right: 1. Eucalyptus Ball, 2 Eucalyptus Exotica Paint Silver, 3 Eucalyptus Cinerea Paint Gold, 4 Eucalyptus Baby Blue, 5 Eucalyptus Cinerea Paint Picasso and 6 Eucalyptus Exotica Paint Platinum.

MEET THE GROWERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

The Eucalyptus likes warm temperatures. Most varieties are growing in countries close to the equator. From Australia to Israel, the Eucalyptus can be found all around the world. There are over 700 varieties, each with their distinctive features. Read on the learn about specific features for different countries.

ITALY

Throughout the year Italy has a pleasant temperate for the Eucalyptus to grow. The greenery will start growing in the beginning of April and will be ready for picking in September through March.
The growers keep a close eye on the harvesting process and the orders. After the Eucalyptus is harvested, the greenery is bunched and prepared to be exported.

PORTUGAL

One of the popular varieties in Portugal is the Eucalyptus Robusta. The young fresh leaves are harvested in May through July, after these months the Eucalyptus has matured leaves and is perfect to be harvested up until March (depending on the weather).

At the nursery in Portugal there are two teams that make the Eucalyptus ready for export. One team goes through the Eucalyptus fields to harvest the right branches. Another team processes all the branches at the barn to prepare them for their next destination.

ISRAEL

The Eucalyptus from this country has very specific features. Due to the feather-like shape of the leaves and warm colour on the edges, it is typical for this region. All Eucalyptus are bunched per 10 on the same length and after that, they are placed in sleeves, ready for export!

AUSTRALIA

This country is known for its Eucalyptus variety with green/blueish leaves and can be found at many places in Australia. The variety that grows here can be regarded as a shrub, so the growers don’t need to go high up to harvest the Eucalyptus. Normally, they can grow up to 10 meters.

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On the left you can see an Eucalyptus variety from Israel and on the right a variety from Australia.

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FLOWER AGENDA 2018

The upcoming weeks the Lisianthus is in the spotlight of the Flower Agenda. The inspirational images above are produced by the Flower Council. Keeping in mind the Horticulture Sector Trends for 2018. These trends are a translation of the latest consumer trends. We focus specifically on the horticultural sector.

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GET INSPIRED BY DECEMBER’S FLORAL TREND MOODBOARD

This flower, decorating our interiors in the December months, has its roots in the Wild West and has come to Europe all the way via Japan. Even with its delicate appearance, it is quite robust, Lisianthus is rather well known but hardly celebrated. This magnificent flower deserves better praise, which can easily be done by presenting them in a special way.

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FLOWER OF THE MONTH DECEMBER: THE LOVELY LISIANTHUS

The Lisianthus may have a soft and delicate appearance, but it is sturdy and has powerful symbolism attached to it: this flower represents appreciation, gratitude and charisma. That makes it the perfect candidate for a gift bouquet from someone else… or for yourself, of course!

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LISIANTHUS BOUQUET RECIPE; RUGGED STILL-LIFE IN PINK, RED AND PURPLE

You’ve never seen Lisianthus like this before… Especially for the festive period at end of the year, the lisianthus will grab attention with a colourful array of bright shades of red and pink.

SHOPPING LIST:

  • Lisianthus
  • Ilex (holly)
  • Amarine
  • Limonium (Statice or sea lavender)

DECEMBER’S COLOUR PALETTE

December is a festive month, so this calls for rich and luxurious colours. Deep and vibrant blue tones, or an almost emrald green tone or stick too the traditional deep red Christmas colour.

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PANTONE 18-4048 – NEBULAS BLUE
Reminiscent of twilight, a thoughtful, starry-eyed blue.
PANTONE 19-4031 – SARGASSO SEA
Boundless and fathomless blue mooring the palette.
PANTONE 18-0625 – QUETZAL GREEN
A deep elegant blue-green hue suggestive of rich plumage.
PANTONE 18-1549 – VALIANT POPPY
Deliciously deep red, whose luscious depth entices.
PANTONE 19-1536 – RED PEAR
Brave and outgoing red shade effusive in its allure.

TO FLOWER THE WORLD VIA SOCIAL MEDIA

Show us your Chrysanthemum floral designs on Social Media, use the hashtags #ozexport and #toflowertheworld or tag us @ozexport and we will share your floral designs!

Last month’s top floral designs:

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FLOWER AGENDA 2018

The upcoming weeks the Lisianthus is in the spotlight of the Flower Agenda. The inspirational images above are produced by the Flower Council. Keeping in mind the Horticulture Sector Trends for 2018. These trends are a translation of the latest consumer trends. We focus specifically on the horticultural sector.

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