The Main Plant entry for Peruvian Lilies (Alstroemeria)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Fruit: Dehiscent
Pops open explosively when ripe
Flowers: Showy
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: The seeds (both species and hybrids) should be sown in the fall where night time temperature is around 40-50F and day time temperature is lower than (68F.
Sow in situ
Other info: Soak seeds for 24 hrs.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Common names
  • Peruvian Lily
  • Lily of the Incas

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  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 11:03 PM concerning plant:
    "Many hybrids and about 190 cultivars have been developed, with different markings and colors, ranging from white, golden yellow, and orange, to apricot, pink, red, purple, and lavender. The most popular and showy hybrids commonly grown today result from crosses between species from Chile (winter-growing) with species from Brazil (summer-growing). This strategy has overcome the problem of seasonal dormancy and resulted in plants that are evergreen, or nearly so, and flower for most of the year. This breeding work derives mainly from trials that began in the United States in the 1980s. The flower, which resembles a miniature lily, is very popular for bouquets and flower arrangements in the commercial cut flower trade. It has a vase life of about two weeks. It is sometimes also called 'Ulster Mary' (a corruption of the genus name).

    Most cultivars available for the home garden will bloom in the late spring and early summer. The roots are hardy to a temperature of 23 °F (−5 °C). The plant requires at least six hours of morning sunlight, regular water, and well-drained soil."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:
  • Posted by RickCorey (Everett WA 98204 - Zone 8a) on Mar 1, 2016 7:38 PM concerning plant:
    Daisy found this T&M article with detailed advice about getting Alstroemeria seeds to germinate.
    Warm-cold-warm moist stratification.

    This gave them fairly good results with moist seeds:
    60F for 2 weeks
    Refrigerator for two weeks - 40F
    Then 50F

    Then it suggests a lot of detail that boils down to:
    3 seeds in a cup of moist mix, covered with plastic film.
    70F for three weeks
    40F for three weeks.
    Then 70F again. Expect germination in 10 to 14 days,
    Don't try to separate seedlings, they have fussy roots. Plant as a clump if necessary.
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piksihk On April 30, 2022 Transplanted
Removed some of the moss and repotted with soil into larger pot
piksihk On April 12, 2022 Obtained plant
KelliW On February 2, 2020 Seeds sown
outdoors in a jug, zone 6b ; not sure if wintersowing will work
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