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bobloesbobloes Posts: 130
Hi All,

I planted alstroemeria in two separate beds I think in the spring.  They have not done much, I believe the first year is always non-productive, and the stems are of the order of 30cm tall.  I was expecting them to be ravaged through the winter and then new growth etc.  I live in Weymouth and there is a very good chance we will not get a frost this winter.  Should I cut the stems down to ground level or leave them?  I am concerned that I will not get any flowers on the old growth.

Thanks

Bob

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  • There is no need to cut it back, except to tidy-up stems that have been killed by frost. You will get new growth in spring which will produce flowers.
  • I have an Alstroemeria from the Summer Paradise Series, light pink. I bought it in a pot, and it's still in that pot. It had lots of flowers when I bought it, and when the flowers were fading I cut it all the way back and it flowered again ! When the 2nd flowering was over I cut it back again, so I have short growth at the moment, but it will come up again as it gets warmer...
  • floraliesfloralies Haute-Garonne SW FrancePosts: 1,276
    The spent flower stalks on Alstroemeria should be pulled out from the base, this encourages new flowers to form. Seems a bit strange but this is what is recommended for these plants. 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 17,551
    Floralies is correct, they need to be pulled not cut down. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • bobloesbobloes Posts: 130
    My apologies for the tardy response but I posted the day I went away for new year and promptly forgot about it.  Definite ageing!  Thanks all for your advice and experiences.  I get the impression that these plants are tough and will survive and produce regardless of my intervention.

    Once again thanks

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