Stunning Alstroemeria at home

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.

alstroemeria at home
From the rhizome of alstroemeria grow severalerect flexible stems, ending with an inflorescence. Flowers funnel-shaped, differently colored, with stripes or contrasting strokes, in structure resemble a lily or orchid depending on the variety. The leaves are elongated, "twisted", i.e. the upper side is located from the bottom and vice versa. Here are the features of different alstroemeria. The photo shows it well.

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.

alstroemeria care
Alstromeria in the home is better growing with scattered bright light. The temperature of the content should not fall below 5 0C throughout the year. Flowering should be preceded by a period with a temperature of 15 0C for 3 weeks. With the advent of buds, the temperature regime should be maintained at 18 0FROM.

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

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capacity with loose soil. They need to be slightly pressed into the substrate and sprinkled a little. Crops to moisten and create a mini-teplichku (cover with glass or film). Seedlings appear weeks through 3. Seedlings do not bloom earlier than in the second year.

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.

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