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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? 


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,691
    You are doing the right thing.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • Tanty2Tanty2 Posts: 219
    You are doing the right thing :)  Removing the stem encourages the tubers to produce new ones
  • floraliesfloralies Posts: 2,303
    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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