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Am I doing the right thing with alstroemerias?

BerkleyBerkley Posts: 428
I love my alstroemerias - and can’t resist adding a few new pots every year to my display on the patio. I have always believed it is better to pull out stems which have flowered, rather than cut them, but it suddenly struck me in the middle of the night: does this mean I am stopping these stems from producing more flowers? Should I wait until the end of the season before removing them? 

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,174
    You are doing the right thing.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • Tanty2Tanty2 Posts: 198
    You are doing the right thing :)  Removing the stem encourages the tubers to produce new ones
  • floraliesfloralies Haute-Garonne SW FrancePosts: 1,788
    You are right, always pull out the spent stems, this encourages new ones to form.
  • BerkleyBerkley Posts: 428
    Thank you Punkdoc, Tanty2 and Floralies for your reassuring comments. They are appreciated .... at the end of the season I pull all the remaining stems and overwinter plants. Is this the right thing to do? Or do the remaining green stems continue to feed the tubers (rather like daffodils)?
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