The Main Plant entry for Peruvian Lilies (Alstroemeria)

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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
Butterflies
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

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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-05-17
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Location: In my Northern California gardenDate: 2013-05-10
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Date: 2018-03-03
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Location: Lake Macquarie, N.S.W., Australia
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Location: In my Northern California gardenDate: 2013-05-16
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Location: Munnar, Kerala, India.Date: 2018-02-04
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-04-20
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Location: At a local nurseryDate: 2012-04-30
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Date: 2014-07-08
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Location: a local nurseryDate: 2014-07-24
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Location: bouquet from MikeyDate: 2015-06-08
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Location: homeDate: 2015-06-08
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Location: my garden Date: 2016-09-27
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Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330Date: 2017-05-26
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Date: 2014-07-08
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-04-20
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-05-24
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Location: western OregonDate: spring 2015
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Location: bouquet from MikeyDate: 2015-06-08
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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 11:03 PM

"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."

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Posted by RickCorey (Everett WA 98204 - Zone 8a) on Mar 1, 2016 7:38 PM

Daisy found this T&M article with detailed advice about getting Alstroemeria seeds to germinate.
Warm-cold-warm moist stratification.

http://garden.org/thread/view_...
http://www.thompson-morgan.com...

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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