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Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

The mild coastal Southern California climate is a great climate for growing many of the modern evergreen hybrid alstroemerias, especially those that have been selected for garden (not greenhouse) performance. If you don\'t let them make seed, the best of these hybrids can give you brilliant flower color from spring through fall.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

  • February
    • Buy

        Buy plants in bloom, if possible, to get the flower colors you want, and buy from a nursery you can trust to sell the best varieties for your area.

    • Plant

        Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

  • March
    • Buy

        Buy plants in bloom, if possible, to get the flower colors you want, and buy from a nursery you can trust to sell the best varieties for your area.

    • Plant

        Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    • Fertilize

        Feed with a balanced timed-release fertilizer for maximum growth and bloom.

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep roots cool and prolong bloom.

  • April
    • Buy

        Buy plants in bloom, if possible, to get the flower colors you want, and buy from a nursery you can trust to sell the best varieties for your area.

    • Plant

        Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

    • Prune

        Remove old flowering stems before they make seed to prolong bloom. On mature plants, you can gently pull out old flowering stems (instead of cutting them), which will stimulate new growth buds underground.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep roots cool and prolong bloom.

    • Harvest

        Cut flowers for beautiful bouquets -- alstroemeria flowers can stay fresh up to three weeks after cutting!

  • May
    • Buy

        Buy plants in bloom, if possible, to get the flower colors you want, and buy from a nursery you can trust to sell the best varieties for your area.

    • Plant

        Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

    • Prune

        Remove old flowering stems before they make seed to prolong bloom. On mature plants, you can gently pull out old flowering stems (instead of cutting them), which will stimulate new growth buds underground.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep roots cool and prolong bloom.

    • Harvest

        Cut flowers for beautiful bouquets -- alstroemeria flowers can stay fresh up to three weeks after cutting!

  • June
    • Buy

        Buy plants in bloom, if possible, to get the flower colors you want, and buy from a nursery you can trust to sell the best varieties for your area.

    • Plant

        Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    • Fertilize

        Feed with a balanced timed-release fertilizer for maximum growth and bloom.

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

    • Prune

        Remove old flowering stems before they make seed to prolong bloom. On mature plants, you can gently pull out old flowering stems (instead of cutting them), which will stimulate new growth buds underground.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep roots cool and prolong bloom.

    • Harvest

        Cut flowers for beautiful bouquets -- alstroemeria flowers can stay fresh up to three weeks after cutting!

  • July
    • Buy

        Buy plants in bloom, if possible, to get the flower colors you want, and buy from a nursery you can trust to sell the best varieties for your area.

    • Plant

        Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

    • Prune

        Remove old flowering stems before they make seed to prolong bloom. On mature plants, you can gently pull out old flowering stems (instead of cutting them), which will stimulate new growth buds underground.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep roots cool and prolong bloom.

    • Transplant

        Divide and transplant older clumps, if necessary.

    • Propagate

        Propagate by division, but don't try to divide into tiny pieces. Each division should have plenty of bulbous rhizomes radiating out from a central clump of shoot buds. Re-establish in pots of potting soil for a few months and plant when growth speeds up in the spring.

    • Harvest

        Cut flowers for beautiful bouquets -- alstroemeria flowers can stay fresh up to three weeks after cutting!

  • August
    • Buy

        Buy plants in bloom, if possible, to get the flower colors you want, and buy from a nursery you can trust to sell the best varieties for your area.

    • Plant

        Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

    • Prune

        Remove old flowering stems before they make seed to prolong bloom. On mature plants, you can gently pull out old flowering stems (instead of cutting them), which will stimulate new growth buds underground.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep roots cool and prolong bloom.

    • Transplant

        Divide and transplant older clumps, if necessary.

    • Propagate

        Propagate by division, but don't try to divide into tiny pieces. Each division should have plenty of bulbous rhizomes radiating out from a central clump of shoot buds. Re-establish in pots of potting soil for a few months and plant when growth speeds up in the spring.

    • Harvest

        Cut flowers for beautiful bouquets -- alstroemeria flowers can stay fresh up to three weeks after cutting!

  • September
    • Buy

        Buy plants in bloom, if possible, to get the flower colors you want, and buy from a nursery you can trust to sell the best varieties for your area.

    • Plant

        Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    • Fertilize

        Feed with a balanced timed-release fertilizer for maximum growth and bloom.

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

    • Prune

        Remove old flowering stems before they make seed to prolong bloom. On mature plants, you can gently pull out old flowering stems (instead of cutting them), which will stimulate new growth buds underground.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep roots cool and prolong bloom.

    • Transplant

        Divide and transplant older clumps, if necessary.

    • Propagate

        Propagate by division, but don't try to divide into tiny pieces. Each division should have plenty of bulbous rhizomes radiating out from a central clump of shoot buds. Re-establish in pots of potting soil for a few months and plant when growth speeds up in the spring.

    • Harvest

        Cut flowers for beautiful bouquets -- alstroemeria flowers can stay fresh up to three weeks after cutting!

  • October
    • Buy

        Buy plants in bloom, if possible, to get the flower colors you want, and buy from a nursery you can trust to sell the best varieties for your area.

    • Plant

        Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

    • Prune

        Remove old flowering stems before they make seed to prolong bloom. On mature plants, you can gently pull out old flowering stems (instead of cutting them), which will stimulate new growth buds underground.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep roots cool and prolong bloom.

    • Transplant

        Divide and transplant older clumps, if necessary.

    • Harvest

        vCut flowers for beautiful bouquets -- alstroemeria flowers can stay fresh up to three weeks after cutting!

  • November
    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

  • December
    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

  • Winter
    • Spring
      • Summer
        • Fall
          • Buy

            When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • February

              Buy plants in bloom, if possible, to get the flower colors you want, and buy from a nursery you can trust to sell the best varieties for your area.

            • March

              Buy plants in bloom, if possible, to get the flower colors you want, and buy from a nursery you can trust to sell the best varieties for your area.

            • April

              Buy plants in bloom, if possible, to get the flower colors you want, and buy from a nursery you can trust to sell the best varieties for your area.

            • May

              Buy plants in bloom, if possible, to get the flower colors you want, and buy from a nursery you can trust to sell the best varieties for your area.

            • June

              Buy plants in bloom, if possible, to get the flower colors you want, and buy from a nursery you can trust to sell the best varieties for your area.

            • July

              Buy plants in bloom, if possible, to get the flower colors you want, and buy from a nursery you can trust to sell the best varieties for your area.

            • August

              Buy plants in bloom, if possible, to get the flower colors you want, and buy from a nursery you can trust to sell the best varieties for your area.

            • September

              Buy plants in bloom, if possible, to get the flower colors you want, and buy from a nursery you can trust to sell the best varieties for your area.

            • October

              Buy plants in bloom, if possible, to get the flower colors you want, and buy from a nursery you can trust to sell the best varieties for your area.

          • Plant

            When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • February

              Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

            • March

              Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

            • April

              Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

            • May

              Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

            • June

              Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

            • July

              Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

            • August

              Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

            • September

              Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

            • October

              Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

          • Sow Seeds

            When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • Fertilize

              When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • March

                Feed with a balanced timed-release fertilizer for maximum growth and bloom.

              • June

                Feed with a balanced timed-release fertilizer for maximum growth and bloom.

              • September

                Feed with a balanced timed-release fertilizer for maximum growth and bloom.

            • Water

              Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

              • February

                Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

              • March

                Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

              • April

                Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

              • May

                Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

              • June

                Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

              • July

                Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

              • August

                Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

              • September

                Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

              • October

                Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

              • November

                Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

              • December

                Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.

            • Prune

              When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • April

                Remove old flowering stems before they make seed to prolong bloom. On mature plants, you can gently pull out old flowering stems (instead of cutting them), which will stimulate new growth buds underground.

              • May

                Remove old flowering stems before they make seed to prolong bloom. On mature plants, you can gently pull out old flowering stems (instead of cutting them), which will stimulate new growth buds underground.

              • June

                Remove old flowering stems before they make seed to prolong bloom. On mature plants, you can gently pull out old flowering stems (instead of cutting them), which will stimulate new growth buds underground.

              • July

                Remove old flowering stems before they make seed to prolong bloom. On mature plants, you can gently pull out old flowering stems (instead of cutting them), which will stimulate new growth buds underground.

              • August

                Remove old flowering stems before they make seed to prolong bloom. On mature plants, you can gently pull out old flowering stems (instead of cutting them), which will stimulate new growth buds underground.

              • September

                Remove old flowering stems before they make seed to prolong bloom. On mature plants, you can gently pull out old flowering stems (instead of cutting them), which will stimulate new growth buds underground.

              • October

                Remove old flowering stems before they make seed to prolong bloom. On mature plants, you can gently pull out old flowering stems (instead of cutting them), which will stimulate new growth buds underground.

            • Mulch

              Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • March

                Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep roots cool and prolong bloom.

              • April

                Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep roots cool and prolong bloom.

              • May

                Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep roots cool and prolong bloom.

              • June

                Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep roots cool and prolong bloom.

              • July

                Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep roots cool and prolong bloom.

              • August

                Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep roots cool and prolong bloom.

              • September

                Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep roots cool and prolong bloom.

              • October

                Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep roots cool and prolong bloom.

            • Protect

              When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • Pest/Disease Inspection

                What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • Treat for Pest/Disease

                  How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • Transplant

                    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • July

                      Divide and transplant older clumps, if necessary.

                    • August

                      Divide and transplant older clumps, if necessary.

                    • September

                      Divide and transplant older clumps, if necessary.

                    • October

                      Divide and transplant older clumps, if necessary.

                  • Propagate

                    When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • July

                      Propagate by division, but don\'t try to divide into tiny pieces. Each division should have plenty of bulbous rhizomes radiating out from a central clump of shoot buds. Re-establish in pots of potting soil for a few months and plant when growth speeds up in the spring.

                    • August

                      Propagate by division, but don\'t try to divide into tiny pieces. Each division should have plenty of bulbous rhizomes radiating out from a central clump of shoot buds. Re-establish in pots of potting soil for a few months and plant when growth speeds up in the spring.

                    • September

                      Propagate by division, but don\'t try to divide into tiny pieces. Each division should have plenty of bulbous rhizomes radiating out from a central clump of shoot buds. Re-establish in pots of potting soil for a few months and plant when growth speeds up in the spring.

                  • Harvest

                    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • April

                      Cut flowers for beautiful bouquets -- alstroemeria flowers can stay fresh up to three weeks after cutting!

                    • May

                      Cut flowers for beautiful bouquets -- alstroemeria flowers can stay fresh up to three weeks after cutting!

                    • June

                      Cut flowers for beautiful bouquets -- alstroemeria flowers can stay fresh up to three weeks after cutting!

                    • July

                      Cut flowers for beautiful bouquets -- alstroemeria flowers can stay fresh up to three weeks after cutting!

                    • August

                      Cut flowers for beautiful bouquets -- alstroemeria flowers can stay fresh up to three weeks after cutting!

                    • September

                      Cut flowers for beautiful bouquets -- alstroemeria flowers can stay fresh up to three weeks after cutting!

                    • October

                      vCut flowers for beautiful bouquets -- alstroemeria flowers can stay fresh up to three weeks after cutting!

                  • Special requirements

                    Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec

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