Alstroemeria plants and species
Alstroemeria is commonly called the Peruvian Lily orLily of the Incas. Flowers resemble a miniature lily, and because of long vase life are popular as cut flowers.
Guaranteed to to add colour to the garden, these are reliable flowering plants and with so many colours available they are real winners as cut flowers.
Look for species and varieties including Alstroemeria aurea, Alstroemeria pulchella (Parrot Alstroemeria ), Alstroemeria Regina, Alstroemeria ‘Red Baron’. Dwarf alstromeria cultivars known as ‘Princess Lilies’ are a wonderful low growing plant and will reach only 15cm in height..
The trumpet shaped alstromeria hybrid flowers range in colors from white through to yellow and scarlet on long stems, yes they are a great cut flower.
Care and growing conditions
Alstroemeria plants prefer full sun to partial shade and a well drained humus rich soil. Alstroemeria bulbs grow well in a container and will bloom from spring through summer. Flowering from spring onwards and then die back at the end of summer to early autumn, its then that they can cut back and larger clumps can be be divided if required
Alsroemeria do require good drainage, to prevent diseases. A ph of around 6 is ideal. No really specific fertilisers seem to be available so use an all purpose slow release, or the same fertiliser you would use for carnations. Extreme heat will may a little wilt and perhaps leaf burn. Alstroemeria are also not very frost tolerant. Pests include aphids and thrips.
- Position – Sunny to a little shade. More shade in warmer climates and protection from mid summer afternoon sun is ideal.
- Soil – Humus rich well drained.
- Fertiliser – Use an organic fertiliser in spring.
- Mulch – In spring mulch around plants to maintain moisture and a cool root run.
- Frost tolerant – No
- Drought tolerant – Yes once established and if well mulched.
Alstroemeria plants and bulbs are available for sale from the following nurseries and growers
357 Monbulk Road SILVAN VIC 3795
Guaranteed "garden worthy" bulbs, plants and perennials. Visit the website to browse our large range of daffodils or request the latest free catalogue.
Wallandoon' Wallandoon Lane, Wallendbeen NSW 2588
Phone(02) 6943 2623 Great Range of Perennial plants available for sale by mail order.
52 Rodd St Canowindra NSW 2804
An online nursery specialising in drought and frost tolerant perennials and fragrant, edible and herbs.
P O Box 398 Creswick Vic 3363
Retail & Mail Order Specialist Growers of Heritage Roses, Unusual Perennials, Tree & Herbaceous Peonies. Mail order and Nursery Sales.
PO Box 7040 Leura NSW 2780
Rare woodland plants, Trilliums Epimediums, Arisaemas, plus much more.www.lynnsrareplants.com.au