The Q&A Archives: Peruvian Lily not blooming well

Question: I purchased a Peruvian Lily plant last year, it did really well in my container last year, and bloomed continously throughout the summer. Last fall I transplant it to a larger container so it would have room to grow. Since early spring I have been feeding my Peruvian Lily with all purpose fertilizer about once every two weeks or so. However, my flowers this year are nothing close to last year's quanity and quality, the blooms are small. Is there something that I am doing wrong? Does it need any other speical attention that I am not aware of?

Answer: Alstroemeria aurea, the Peruvian Lily, is a 3'-4' tall perennial topped with clusters of flowers. It grows best in cool, moist, loamy soil in full sunshine, and prefers to grow in the same spot for years without being disturbed. You may have set your plant back by transplanting it last fall. Just treat it with the same care you've been giving it, hold back on water after the stems die down, and stop fertilizing in mid-summer. Your Peruvian Lily should become established in its larger pot this summer and should bloom more profusely next year.

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