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Ode to Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily)

edhelkaedhelka GwyneddPosts: 2,119
Just sharing my joy with this plant. It's not something I would choose myself (got it with the house), orange is my least favourite colour, but:

- It has a very long flowering season. Last year ended in November, this year started in mid-May.
- It had no watering in the last 10 months (ok, maybe once or twice), no feeding, no deadheading, no extra care.
- It's perfectly hardy, in my garden it even keeps some leaves over the winter.
- It has beautiful dark foliage, healthy, no pests, no problems.
- It makes a good cut flowers.

I have to look into more varieties. I checked a specialist website and there are tens or even low hundreds of possibilities... all colours... some nice reds, purple, white with a bit of pink, some of them very nice and no too colourfull. Some small, perfect for pots, some bigger for borders.

If you grow it, which are your favourite varieties?


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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,458
    You might have added another "plus" to your long list, viz unlike hostas it doesn't get eaten by slugs. 
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • lilysillylilysilly Posts: 511
    I'm a alstromeria fan too @edhelka. I have Indian Summer like you. I also have Polka and Serenade which perform as well as Indian Summer I think. I grow mine in large pots, I don't really have the border space for them to go into the garden so don't know how they behave in the ground.
    A friend has alstromeria Charm which I admire, but it grows very tall and then flops .
  • I have a number of Alstroemerias which I also grow in pots as they might not like my clay soil. Instead of dead-heading them I pull out each stem when it finishes flowering to encourage new growth. I like Indian Summer and also Rock 'n' Roll for their different leaf colours.
  • edhelkaedhelka GwyneddPosts: 2,119
    @Papi Jo Exactly. There's a slug trap behind the hosta, it works quite well but snails are not attracted to it. I do snail hunts but it is still impossible to keep the hosta without holes. At least they don't eat too many other things, it works as a sacrificial plant.

    @lilysilly and @Alan Clark2 in Liverpool Thank you for the tips.

    I have it in a brick raised border, it is very well draining sandy soil enriched with compost, in a sunny spot. I have well-draining acidic soil and it looks like they like it. Although I read that they like rich and fertile so maybe I should feed it occasionally :) I am a lazy gardener, I rarely feed or deadhead or cosset plants, I like when they care for themselves.
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