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Alstroemeria, or Peruvian Lily, 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 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. Dr. Salter's Hybrids alstroemeria blend beautifully with Purple coneflowers.
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.
Growing Alstroemeria: 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.