How to Plant Alstroemeria

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How to Plant Alstroemeria

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

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Water generously after planting. Keep watered daily and water lightly during winter. Do not let dry out.

  4. 4

    Fertilise once a month during the plant's growing period. An all-purpose plant fertiliser works best.

  5. 5

    Cut flowers periodically to help new growth form. Cut flowers work great in bouquets.

  6. 6

    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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