- what is alstroemeria
- how to grow alstroemerias
- reproduction of alstroemeria
What is alstroemeria
Alstroemeria – perennial herbaceous plant. Her flowers have a high decorative effect, have bright colors and airy petals. Bushes bloom profusely and for a long time, throughout the summer.
Alstroemeria looks spectacular in a single planting, in container and pot plantings. Cut flowers stand for a long time in a vase with water.
How to grow alstroemerias
How to care for alstroemeria? Alstroemeria blooms profusely only in sunny areas, but it is desirable that at noon the sun’s rays do not burn it.
soil prefers loose, well-drained and slightly acidic. Needs to regular wateringdo not allow the soil to dry out. In drought and heat, water the plants early in the morning and late in the evening.
In summer feed complex mineral fertilizer. To flowering was continuous, remove faded flowers in time. When flowering ends, in autumn, cut the stems (this applies only to tall varieties), leaving 10 cm at the soil level.
Alstroemeria how to save. In areas with severe frosts, for the winter dig up the bushes. Be sure to dig up the bushes along with an earthen clod, place them in boxes and cover with earth. Store boxes until spring in the basement, or in another cool, dark and frost-free place. When working with alstroemeria, be careful, as the juice of its leaves can cause skin irritation.
Reproduction of alstroemeria
How does Alstroemeria reproduce? The easiest and most reliable method of reproduction is the division of rhizomes. Sometimes Alstroemeria is also propagated by seeds. You can divide the bushes in spring or autumn.
Mother bush, with a sharp, clean knife divide into sections. Sprinkle the cuts with crushed charcoal. Dig holes and add manure or compost to them.
Plant plants at a distance of 30 cm from each other. Planting depth is approximately 20 cm. After planting, water well and mulch. Alstroemeria transplant suffers painfully and blooms profusely only in the second year.
If you managed to purchase alstroemeria seeds, sow them into seedling boxes in the month of April. Sow in loose soil. Cover boxes with crops with glass or film.
When alstroemerias bloom. You will see the first flowers 10-15 June, less often – at the end of June. Usually flowering is bright, lush and very plentiful. Alstroemeria was also loved for the duration of flowering, because two months to enjoy flowers is a very long period.
A beautiful flower that pleases gardeners almost all summer. And only at the very end of August alstroemeria will begin to fade.
Alstroemeria where to buy bulbs. Choose alstroemeria bulbs in online stores, because they are stored there correctly, selecting the healthiest and best ones.
A good selection of varieties and colors can be bought in the store Floriom.