Alstroemeria 'Cahors' (Planet Series)
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: slow growing to average
- Flowering period: June and July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
The larger outer petals of this gorgeous Peruvian lily are rose pink, but have magenta-pink flashes of and a touch of yellow, particularly towards the throat. The pink-tipped inner petals are a clear yellow, and are variously streaked with rusty brown markings. A very pretty combination of colours makes this summer-flowering perennial a must-have for the border, while the flowers, which last really well after being cut, make fab additions to the vase.
- Garden care: Alstroemerias will need some protection in their first year or two, so only plant out when all danger of frost has passed.Set the bare roots out carefully onto well-prepared soil, or if planting into pots, use a good, multi-purpose compost. The plant will grow from the rhizome, not the fleshy storage bulb, so it is important that any bud on the rhizome is pointing upwards before being covered with 7 - 8cm (3") soil. Keep the soil moist whilst the plant starts to grow and develop, which should be in spring. Newly planted Alstroemerias should be given a very generous 20cm (8") deep mulch of chipped bark in their first winter to help the plants become established. In subsequent autumns, provide a dry mulch of bracken or bark chippings will help protect the crowns. After flowering cut back the faded flower-stems, but make sure you always wear gloves when working with Peruvian lilies, as contact with the foliage may cause skin irritation.
- May cause skin allergy
At some stage in June, your garden will be a glorious affair full of scent and soft flower. Placing a posy from the garden, close to a family hub like the kitchen table, unites your home and garden as effectively as having a huge picture window. You don’tRead full article