By TammyWhite
1 years ago

Peruvian Lily

.
Peruvian lily plants (Alstroemeria), also known as Lily of the Incas, are striking late spring or early summer, half-hardy perennial bloomers that are available in a myriad of colors including pink, white, orange, purple, red, yellow and salmon. Flowers resemble azaleas and make a beautiful addition to an indoor bouquet. Keep reading to learn more about how to plant a Peruvian lily in the garden.

Starting Peruvian lily bulbs, which are widely available online or in home and garden centers, is the easiest way of growing Peruvian lilies, although they can also be started from seed.

Peruvian lily plants need lots of space as they can become invasive. Mature plants grow to 4 feet high and 2 feet wide. Plant the rhizomes in slightly acidic, well draining soil, at a depth that is three times their height and 12 inches apart. If you have sandy soil, you should plant your Peruvian lily bulbs 2 inches deeper. Amending the soil with organic material will give the rhizomes plenty of nutrients. Peruvian lilies prefer some sun each day and will tolerate shaded locations, especially in very hot climates.


Peruvian Lily Care
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Growing Peruvian lilies is not difficult, nor is Peruvian lily flower care. These easy to keep plants thrive when given a balanced 6-6-6 fertilizer throughout the year. Provide plenty of water for these lilies but do not overwater. You can also add some mulch each spring for protection and to help with moisture retention. If plants dry out, you can cut them back to 4 inches. They should recover and come back quickly. Additional Peruvian lily flower care includes pinching off any leaves that begin to turn yellow before the flower dies. Divide Peruvian lilies by digging up rhizomes and cutting off sections in the fall after they bloom. Peruvian lily plants have few disease or pest problems.

If Peruvian lilies are not grown in USDA zone 8 though 11, it is recommended that they be dug up and stored for the winter. Trim leaves before digging up the rhizomes, being very careful not to damage the roots. Place the roots, along with some soil, in a container with some peat moss and store them in an area between 35 and 41 F. (2-5 C.). You can replant the Peruvian lily bulbs in the garden the following spring.


When to Prune them
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Pruning out dead stems can be done at any time. The majority of pruning will be done when flower stems are spent. An interesting effect of the hand pulling method is that it also essentially divides the plant so you won’t have to dig it up. Alstroemeria should be divided every second or third year or when the foliage becomes sparse and spindly. You can also dig the plant up at the end of the season. North Carolina State University recommends pruning back the plant 1 to 2 weeks before division. Prune or pull out all but the youngest 6 to 8 shoots of vegetative growth. You will need to dig 12 to 14 inches down to get all the rhizomes. Rinse off the dirt and expose the individual rhizomes. Separate each rhizome with a healthy shoot and pot up individually. Ta da, you have a new batch of these beautiful flowers.




1 years
Violeta Amazing
1 years
1 years
Deliana I love this flowers!!! 💗
1 years
1 years
Ravidxb wonderful click
1 years
1 years
MegyBella Great
1 years
1 years
soncee Beautiful artikle
1 years
1 years
OlgaLifeLover 👍
1 years
1 years
AnceAne Awesome
1 years
1 years
Imyours Amazing
1 years
1 years
Justin Beautiful
1 years
1 years
Lucia5 Super
1 years