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Alstroemeria collection

alstroemeria collection

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1 of each £12.99
1 of each £12.99
3 of each £38.97 £25.98
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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: slow growing to average
  • Flowering period: June to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Prolific and colourful, the Peruvian lilies in this collection will start flowering in summer, and usually continue until the first frosts. These hard-working perennials can play a valuable role in mixed or herbaceous borders, and their flowers last well after being cut and added to fresh arrangements. The species are found colonising open grassland and rocky hillsides in South America, where they thrive in fertile, well drained soils, which are reliably moist throughout the summer. Resentful of root disturbance, they should be left undisturbed in the garden until they have formed a good-sized clump. Alstroemeria breeders today are constantly introducing new hybrids, which have an extended flowering period. These are very popular with florists as their flowers can last up to 2 weeks in a vase. Care should be taken when handling them as contact with foliage or the sap may aggravate skin allergies.

    In each collection you will receive one bare root plant of each of the following cultivars.

    Alstroemeria 'Sirius':Soft pink flowers with a gold throat and brownish-red freckles, appear in profusion from early summer, creating an exotic feel to ther border. An easy to mix colour, it looks beautiful when planted in sizeable clumps, and as it makes such a good cut flower, it is worth planting more than you need. Height to 90cm.

    Alstroemeria 'Saturne':The large outer tepals of this exotic-looking cultivar have heart-shaped tips and a warm apricot-yellow hue, while the yellow inner petals have numerous near-black markings. Compact in habit, it is suitable for pots and containers. Height to 65cm.

    Alstroemeria 'Venus':Creamy white petals, that are infused with pink, surround the more colourful inner petals, which also have yellow flashes and small maroon streaks. A very pretty Peruvian lily that will blend easily with pastel shades, stronger pinks or white. They are excellent for cutting too. Height to 90cm.

  • Garden care: Alstroemerias will need some protection in their first year or two, so only plant out when all danger of frost has passed. Set the bare roots out carefully onto well-prepared soil, or if planting into pots, use a good, multi-purpose compost. The plant will grow from the rhizome, not the fleshy storage bulb, so it is important that any bud on the rhizome is pointing upwards before being covered with 7 - 8cm (3") soil. Keep the soil moist whilst the plant starts to grow and develop, which should be in spring. Newly planted Alstroemerias should be given a very generous 20cm (8") deep mulch of chipped bark in their first winter to help the plants become established. In subsequent autumns, provide a dry mulch of bracken or bark chippings will help protect the crowns. After flowering cut back the faded flower-stems, but make sure you always wear gloves when working with Peruvian lilies, as contact with the foliage may cause skin irritation.

  • May cause skin allergy
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