Growing Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily)

Latin Name Pronunciation: al-stree-meer'ee-uh  

Plants thrive in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Flowering may slow or stop in hot weather; prolong bloom by applying a thick layer of mulch at planting time to keep roots cool.

When bringing flowers indoors or removing spent blooms, pull entire stalk out of the ground -- don't cut.

Plants are hardy into Zone 6 (-10°F) if mulched with 6-8 inches of straw or shredded leaves in late fall. In colder climates, dig the tuberous roots after the first light frost and store them in a plastic bag containing dry peat moss. Place the bag in a dark, cool (32-40°F) location. Please note that the fragrance of A. 'Sweet Laura' is unpredictable. At times, it is quite strong; at other times, you may search it out in vain. It seems to be most reliable when the blooms are brought indoors.


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