a.k.a. Peruvian Lily
Alstroemeria ligtu hybrid
Alstroemeria is a 3-4 foot tall perennial which produces broad, loose clusters of brilliant, azalea-like flowers which are exceptional for cutting. Alstroemeria plants prefer cool, moist, deep, well-drained soil. Plants flower late spring through midsummer. Winter hardy to zone 7, or zone 6 with protection.
DR. SALTER'S HYBRIDS Alstroemeria Seeds
'Dr. Salter's Hybrids' alstroemeria produces impressive flowers in shades of yellow, orange, red, pink and gold; attractively veined or mottled. Appreciates moisture during growth and flowering, plants can be allowed to dry out after bloom is complete.
How to Plant ALSTROEMERIA Seeds
Sow seed in 3 inch pots, placing 3 seeds ¼ inch deep. Put inside zip-lock bags, keep at 70° F. for 3 weeks. Then move bags into refrigerator for 3 weeks. Next, return to 70° F., germination begins in about 2 weeks. Transplant entire clump 12-18 inches apart.
Comments: Full sun, part shade in hot climates. During growth and bloom provide regular water. Needs cool, moist, deep, well-drained soil. In zone 6 and colder parts of zone 7, protect crowns in winter using a deep mulch. Alstroemerias can be grown in cold-winter climates when tuberous roots are dug in fall, stored in moist (not wet) peat moss or vermiculite and kept at (ideally) 40° F. Flowers attract hummingbirds.