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sunnylousunnylou Posts: 47


Hello, I wonder if anyone knows the best way to get the  maximum flowers from these in a northern climate.  I have successfully overwintered one in a cold greenhouse, but was surprised to see on repotting on autumn, that the plant did not have conventional tubers, but more like fleshy roots

I have ordered some more from J.Parkers which are only about 15cm at the moment so am wondering whether to keep in pots or plant out.  The existing one flowered for over 5 months last year so am hoping for the same - any advice gratefully received !

Louise - Yorkshire Dales



  • donutsmrsdonutsmrs Posts: 479

    Hi sunnylou

    I am growing these beautiful plants. I brought two quite large pots of these back from Holland in April, they are now in the garden and growing well. I have also got two pots with some Alstromerias in that I have had for a few years, and they flower their socks off every year and I even had flowers on Christmas day. I didn't put them in greenhouse for the winter (I am on the south coast), they stayed outside close to the house wall. As you are in Yorkshire, I think I would keep them in pots to bring in over winter. If you want them in your flower beds maybe you could plunge the pot into the ground then lift them to bring into the greenhouse in the winter. These are one of my favourite plants and I wouldn't mind if my garden was full of them, they are just so lovely and flower for such a long time. Good luck with yours. 

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    I have them outside all winter. Pots or ground depends of climate (how wet it is in winter) and soil drainage. I have mine in large pots with cherry trees, so the soil dries quickly and is free draining.

  • sunnylousunnylou Posts: 47

    Thank you everyone for your most informative replies - the reason I have not responded before is that I have not been able to accesss my posts, have now tried a very roundabout method suggestes by 'Marshmallow' which seems to work

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,047

    Bang goes your knighthood Verdi...image

    I had some at last house and we couldn't get rid of them! Not that I didn't like them but some were just in the wrong place (in a formal bed under front windows)and they 'travelled' under landscape fabric and out into the gravel terrace. If the conditions are right they flower forever. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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