Alstroemeria ligtu hybrids
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: slow-growing to average
- Flowering period: June to August
- Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)
Producing a mass of multi-coloured, funnel-shaped flowers throughout summer, these showy perennials will slowly spread to form good-sized clumps if they are planted in a sheltered spot. The flowers are excellent for cutting and will be long-lasting in a vase, so it is worth planting a few more than you need for the border.
- Garden care: Plant bulbs outside 20cm deep and 30-45cm apart after frost, or into pots under glass at any time. 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. 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.
- May cause skin allergy
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Comments about Alstroemeria ligtu hybrids:
These were planted in pots, started in glass house. Some spindly shoots appeared, some bulbs did nothing. No flowers appeared at all despite professional nurturing. Very disappointing. They were grown as part of a Spade work charity's flower cutting project. Waste of the charity's money
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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