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Question about alstromeria

hi all, I'm new here and have a big garden, about 1/3 of an acre. Mostly lawn but I have a few borders which currently are bursting into life with bulbs I planted last year ( daffodils tulips etc)

i also have a number of containers and last year had an alstromeria which I split tail end of the year and being new to gardening I put in semi moist soil in containers with grass much over the top and popped them in the greenhouse. 

On on checking them the other day they are growing through the mulch ( brilliant as they have survived) but now I'm not sure what to do! Should I water them? Feed them? Bring them out of the greenhouse? 

Still ll pretty cold here in central Scotland so don't want to kill the, with frost/snow. Also I have Dahlias which I did the same for but they are showing no signs of life yet....hopefully they will.

can anyone give me some advice please.

Last edited: 09 February 2017 11:10:14


  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    hilsiscool . . . Ayrshire.  Two pots of alstro outside all winter, no mulch,  lots of new growth.

    Too early yet for your dahlias.  

    SW Scotland
  • Aelstromeria are very hardy after they have been established for a couple of years. For the first winter, and probably the second, they need a good covering (6 inches) of bark mulch.

    See Viv Marsh Postal Plants for advice on Alstroemeria. 

  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    Agree with Country Boy re: mulch 1st/2nd year & if in a pot I would take more care and put them in the garage/somewhere sheltered. They are Peruvian plants after all. 

    Last edited: 09 February 2017 22:06:06

  • Thankyou so much for all your replies, I am in two minds whether to feed them or not? The dahlias are still sleeping but will keep checking them.

    i split a lot last year othe dahlias and being a newbie gardener just chopped at them hoping for the best despite watching a million you tube videos on how actually to do it.

    the alstromeria are beautiful and I have a red one and a pink one (not sure of the names) but I plan on buying a few more this year and I love the dahlias.

    i am venturing into a few hanging baskets this year and plan on having begonias in them.

    i have a big dream for the garden but I'm starting with small projects so I can achieve them with good results.

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