Alstroemerias (Peruvian Lily)
common names…Peruvian Lily , Lily of the Incas , Parrot Lily
Alstroemerias bloom during late winter or early spring in cool temps. Alstroemeria comes in many colors included orange, pink, rose, purple, red, yellow, white or salmon colors with patterns.originaly genus Alstroemeria consists of about 50 species and most modern hybrid Alstroemerias are propagated in the laboratories. Due to extensive breeding and hybridization a lot of hybrids and about 190 cultivars of Alstroemeria have been developed, with different markings and colors, ranging from white, golden yellow, orange; to apricot, pink, red, purple and lavender.there is no fragrance in Alstroemeria flowers. it can be used as cut flowers because Alstroemeria flowers have a vase life of about two weeks.Alstroemerias blooms only in cold temperature ranging between 16 to 30 degree centigrade.for continuous blooming it is necessary to remove shriveled flowers otherwise it will set seeds and will bloom less. It is advised to pluck complete flower stem from earth to make room for new growth because new flowers occur only on new stems. here in sheikhupura (Pakistan) alsromerias become dormant in may and remain dormant till October. During dormancy it is necessary to take care and keep them in full shade otherwise due to hot season tubers will rot and die. alstromeria is a tuberous plant like day lilies and dahlias. Tubers are very fragile..
few alstromeria shots from my collection…