Also called Peruvian Lily and Lily of the Incas, this perennial from South America produces long seasons of colour. Alstoremerias resemble a miniature lily and although the flowers have no fragrance, they do come in a palette of pleasing colours such as pink, purple, rose, orange, yellow, red and white. These flowers grow to heights up to 3 feet.
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Things you need
- Peat moss or compost
- Dry straw, pine needles or bark
- All-purpose fertiliser
Choose a location with full sun and well-drained soil. Amend the garden soil with peat moss or compost in late spring after the last frost.
Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball. Set the plant in the hole with the top of the root ball level with the ground surface; fill in with dirt and firm over. If planting more than one, space the plants 1 foot apart.
Water generously after planting. Keep watered daily and water lightly during winter. Do not let dry out.
Fertilise once a month during the plant's growing period. An all-purpose plant fertiliser works best.
Cut flowers periodically to help new growth form. Cut flowers work great in bouquets.
Apply a thick layer of mulch after the growing period, usually in early fall. Plants can be cut back to about 4 to 6 inches from the ground. Spread a 4- to 6-inch layer of dry straw, pine needles or bark over the plants to keep the soil warm during the winter months.
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