Alstroemeria or Peruvian Lilies make great flowers for picking and are long lasting in a vase. When established they are easy to grow.
Get your plants from Thompson & Morgan who supply plants and seeds. The seeds need patience and some skill.
Culture of Alstroemeria
- Plenty of organic matter and regular watering helps Alstroemeria thrive.
- Alstromeria like a sheltered site in sun or partial shade. They can form good solid clumps and some varieties self seed.
- Taller 3 feet plus Alstroemeria need staking or they may be knocked down by rain or wind. Ligtu hybrids should be self supporting.
- Apollo varieties cope well with frost and flower in three or four separate flushes.
- Deadhead regularly by pulling out the flowering stem.
- Scatter a slow release fertilizer in spring
- When picking for indoors pull the whole stem from near the base. They can last 3 weeks in a vase.
- Great for borders and containers withgood drainage.
- Plant at a depth of 3cm.
- Mulch for the first 2 years. In frost prone areas maintain a dry mulch in winter.
- If the plant gets too hot in the summer they may stop flowering and put their effort to producing more tuberous roots.
- Propagate established clumps by division in early spring or autumn.
- Taller varieties include Apollo (AGM) white with a yellow speckled throat, Friendship (AGM) pale yellow and later flowering, Prince Alice has rich pink flowers and Perfect Blue is lavender coloured
- Medium growers inclue Blushing Bride white with a pink blush, Adonis deep pink, Freedom rose with red throat patterns and the orange Princess Sophia.
- A smaller fragrant variety has been launched by Thomposn Morgan called Sweet Laura see below