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Salem, Oregon
Claracat
Apr 28, 2018 2:08 PM CST
I was told that to take a stem of an Alstroemeria to transplant and create a new plant, you can just pull out the stem (after a year) and plant it. When I did this, there was no root at the end of the stem. Can I plant it like that or do I need to dig it out to get the root?
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plantladylin
Apr 28, 2018 2:55 PM CST
I'm not sure but I don't think Peruvian Lilies (Alstroemeria) can be propagated by stem cuttings. You can divide them by digging a clump of rhizomes (roots) and replanting them elsewhere for additional plants.
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Apr 28, 2018 4:39 PM CST

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Those instructions were deceptive, Claracat. Pulling out the stems (instead of cutting them down to ground level after blooming) will make the clump spread, but those stems cannot be used to propagate new plants. You can divide the clumps, but try to handle the roots as little as possible. They don't like being handled.
Salem, Oregon
Claracat
Apr 28, 2018 5:55 PM CST
Thank you so much. Pulling them out seemed odd to me. Have no idea who gave me that bad info. You're a good group and I appreciate your help!
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ctcarol
Apr 28, 2018 6:59 PM CST
Pulling them is correct for harvesting flowers for the vase/deadheading, but not for starting new plants. I have six different ones for years, and they do multiply well.
Salem, Oregon
Claracat
May 1, 2018 2:21 PM CST
How deep should an alstroemerias rhizome be planted in the ground?
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DaisyI
May 1, 2018 2:32 PM CST
Plant the crown 6 inches deep.
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Salem, Oregon
Claracat
May 1, 2018 3:38 PM CST
Thank you Daisy for the quick response.
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DaisyI
May 1, 2018 3:58 PM CST
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Salem, Oregon
Claracat
May 20, 2018 5:57 PM CST
Claracat here. I've started basil plant indoors and want to know when I can put it in my planter outdoors. I live in zone 8b. Next week temps will be 70s and 80s during the day, dropping to no lower than 50 at night. Okay to plant it with that night temperature? Thank you.

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