Admittedly, I’ve never been very good at growing lisianthus. Over time, I have definitely improved – but, I’m still working on it. I’ve always been drawn to lisianthus in deep, dramatic shades. ‘Arosa 3 Red’ lisianthus was no exception to this, as I was looking for a flower that would resemble true roses, but without the thorns.
Above, is a bucket of ‘Arosa’ at varying stages of maturity. When the flowers are very young, you can see that form tight buds that resemble roses. The color also varies quite a bit, from soft baby pink to a very lovely deep pink-red. You’ll also note that many of the flowers in my photos appear damaged. This was the result of a solid week with very heavy rains.
‘Arosa’ lisianthus is often noted for having smaller blooms that some other cultivars that are currently available. While I did find this to be true, it definitely did not detract from their beauty. In fact, I found this lisianthus to produce many more flowers per stem than some of the other types that I grow – which was definitely a positive attribute.
As the flowers were allowed to age on the plant, each of the blooms opened completely to reveal the inner yellow bits and a very dark center. While I don’t usually like to pick the flowers at this stage, these older blooms still had an exceptional vase life, which lasted well over a week.
Overall, ‘Arosa 3 Red’ lisianthus turned out to be a beautiful addition to the garden – one which I would definitely grow again. What do you think? Have you ever grown any of the ‘Arosa’ series lisianthus before? I’d love to hear all about your experiences down in the comment section below! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by the blog. I hope that you’re having a wonderful day!