Easy ways on how to grow and care for Alstroemeria



Alstroemeria plant is also known as peruvian lily or Lily of the Incas, this particular plant is a low-maintenance perennial that produces big, dramatic blooms in a variety of vibrant colors from mid to late summer. From my experience the blooms are well suited for bouquets, adding a breathtaking blast of color to the indoor environment. At the maturity stage the stately upright plants can reach a height of about two to three feet. This plant is suitable for USDA growing zones 7 through 11.


How to grow and care for the plant

       1. Make sure you keep the soil moist, as the plant produces the most blooms with moist soil and it may become dormant if the soil becomes too dry. Make sure you don’t allow the soil to remain soggy, as excessively wet soil can cause rot and fungal disease. Make sure you also water the plant lightly during the periods of dry winter weather.

      2. Make sure you feed the plant in spring, you can use a general-purpose, time-release fertilizer. Make sure you apply the fertilizer at the rate recommended on the container and also water the plant deeply to distribute the fertilizer. Try and repeat it in midsummer and early autumn.


      3. You can spread two to three inches of mulch such as compost or shredded bark around the plant in spring. Actually mulch enriches the soil, and it also keep the roots cool, and it extends the blooming period. You can replace the mulch as it decomposes or blows away.

      4.  Make sure you pull the stems carefully after the blooms fade. If not the blooms will go to seed and the blooming decreases. By peradventure if the plants are immature and the stems don't pull easily, you can cut them from the plant with pruning shears. Most times pulling the stems is healthy for the plant because it stimulates new growth.

      5. You can actually divide the plant during spring, summer or fall if an older plant begins to appear woody, overcrowded, or nonproductive. You can dig up a clump and then pull the tuberous roots into smaller sections, each with at least 4 or 5 healthy roots. Make sure you plant the smaller sections in well-drained soil and full or partial sunlight.


Some of the things you will need

      1. You will need a general-purpose, time-release fertilizer.
      2. You need Mulch.
      3. You need a garden pruner.
      4. You need shovel.

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