Alstroemeria is a perennial rhizome. Has several names - lily of the Incas, Peruvian lily, alstroemeria, alstromeria, alstroemeria. There are many species, varieties, hybrids that differ in shape and color of flowers, as well as in height.
Most of the tall hybrids and varieties are grown in greenhouses. This is a highly productive crop, the cut flower stalks of which can stand in the vase for up to three weeks and open all the buds.
Breeders and dwarf forms andvariety. Alstroemeria at home can be grown as a potted plant. Its height varies from 20 cm to 40. Large flowers up to 7 cm in diameter appear in the summer. The most popular Dutch varieties are Camilla, Sarah, Ella with white, salmon, pink flowers, respectively.
Watering is needed moderately, becauseexpressed period of rest does not have a plant. Alstroemeria at home requires transplantation, when the roots will master the entire volume of the pot and come out of the drainage holes. Transplant is preferably in the spring, in extreme cases - after flowering. With a strong growth of the rhizome it must be divided. On each part you need to leave at least 10 stalks (eyes). If there are damages, foci of decay - they need to be cut with a sharp knife, and cut the sections with something that is disinfectant, drying out.
Alstroemeria at home can be propagated by seeds if they can be purchased (on hybrids they are usually not formed). Sow seeds in spring in
Demanding alstroemeria. Care includes weekly top dressing. It is desirable to alternate the feeding of organic and mineral fertilizers. During budding, nitrogen fertilizing should be stopped.
It should be noted that the plant is poisonous, containstoxin of tulip. Work with him is better with gloves, as if toxin gets on the skin, irritation may occur. Alstroemeria at home is a danger to cats, which can start vomiting and diarrhea when a toxin enters the body, because cats like to chew plants standing on the windowsills.</ p>>