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Care of the plant Alstroemeria or Peruvian lily.

Care of the plant Alstroemeria or Peruvian lily

The genus Alstroemeria, family Alstroemeriaceae, comprises more than 100 species of flowering plants native to the Andes in South America. Some species are: Alstroemeria aurea, Alstroemeria ligtu, Alstroemeria haemantha, Alstroemeria psittacina, Alstroemeria caryophyllaea.

Common names: Peruvian lily, Lily of the Incas. This species is native to South America.

They are rhizomatous plants that reach more than 1 meter in height. The leaves are ribbed and slightly succulent. It produces inflorescences of various colors in the form of a funnel. They bloom in summer.

They are mainly used as a cut flower but can form groups in a sunny or semi-shaded location; They do not resist cold or frost (minimum 12 ºC).

Alstroemeria needs a light, permeable soil with organic matter. They are easy to grow plants.

Water frequently but with little water; waterlogging rots the roots.

Fertilize with compost in autumn and with mineral fertilizer during flowering.

It can be attacked by fungal diseases (fungi) and by insects.

They can propagate by division of rhizome in autumn. In cold climate regions it's better to do it in spring.

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