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Alstroemeria - dropped it out of its pot - all in bits - can I salvage?

Tiger orangey stunner - bought new and potted last year.  Left outside in sheltered corner over winter - (I don't have shed or greenhouse etc) - thought I'd put in larger pot with fresh compost for this year.   Then I dropped the pot- which didn't break - but the Alstoemeria fell apart and looks like a big pile of swollen tubers.

I know nothing about Alstroemeria.  Can I pot the two bits which have foliage attached to tubers?  Can the plant the other 'headless' tubers and hope for some growth at all/

I'm tempted to heave it in its entirety into the bin - but it was a beauty, and I've been an idiot.

What do you think folks?


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,126
    I don't grow them, but I'd say they look ok and would suggest potting them up asap before they dry out

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  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Posts: 955
    Should be potted up rather than photographed
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,238
    Yes to all your questions.

    Some of the 'just-tubers-no-foliage' might not take but I've certainly grown plants from tubers like that. The bits with foliage attached should certainly be potted up in individual pots (use an appropriate size - not too big - just big enough to take the tubers and allow a little room for growth).

    You'll soon have several plants rather than just the one - you've just done an unintentional division.
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,052
    edited May 2019
    I bought mine From Hayloft years ago when I was starting this garden, they arrived looking just like that, no green just tubers, pot them up they’ll be fine. 
    They need a big pot each, they’d be better out in the garden once they’ve taken and started to grow in the pot.  So, just one piece of roots in that blue pot. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 782
    Thanks everybody for your responses and your time.  Will pot and see what transpires over the next few weeks.
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