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Alstroemeria spp. Plant Care Reminders

Inca lily

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General Information

  • Instruction By Steve Brigham
    Notes 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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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.
    February
    1. 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.
    2. Plant

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

    Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.
    March
    1. 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.
    2. Plant

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

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

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

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep roots cool and prolong bloom.
    April
    1. 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.
    2. Plant

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

    Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.
    4. 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.
    5. Mulch

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

    Cut flowers for beautiful bouquets -- alstroemeria flowers can stay fresh up to three weeks after cutting!
    May
    1. 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.
    2. Plant

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

    Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.
    4. 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.
    5. Mulch

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

    Cut flowers for beautiful bouquets -- alstroemeria flowers can stay fresh up to three weeks after cutting!
    June
    1. 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.
    2. Plant

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

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

    Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.
    5. 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.
    6. Mulch

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

    Cut flowers for beautiful bouquets -- alstroemeria flowers can stay fresh up to three weeks after cutting!
    July
    1. 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.
    2. Plant

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

    Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.
    4. 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.
    5. Mulch

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

    Divide and transplant older clumps, if necessary.
    7. 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.
    8. Harvest

    Cut flowers for beautiful bouquets -- alstroemeria flowers can stay fresh up to three weeks after cutting!
    August
    1. 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.
    2. Plant

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

    Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.
    4. 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.
    5. Mulch

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

    Divide and transplant older clumps, if necessary.
    7. 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.
    8. Harvest

    Cut flowers for beautiful bouquets -- alstroemeria flowers can stay fresh up to three weeks after cutting!
    September
    1. 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.
    2. Plant

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

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

    Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.
    5. 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.
    6. Mulch

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

    Divide and transplant older clumps, if necessary.
    8. 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.
    9. Harvest

    Cut flowers for beautiful bouquets -- alstroemeria flowers can stay fresh up to three weeks after cutting!
    October
    1. 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.
    2. Plant

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

    Water regularly during dry periods. Do not let plants dry out too much, or they will go dormant.
    4. 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.
    5. Mulch

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

    Divide and transplant older clumps, if necessary.
    7. Harvest

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

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

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

    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?

    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.

    Fertilize

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

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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.

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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!