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Type: Perennial
Seed #: 175
Common Name: Alstroemeria
Latin Name: Alstroemeria aurantiaca
Variety: Peruvian Lily
Colour: Orange & Bronze
Temperature: 13C - 20C (55F - 68F) (Zone 9)
Zone: 9
Blooms: May to June
Site: Full Sun or Part Shade
Height: 60cm - 70cm (24" - 28")
Spread: 10cm - 15cm (4" - 6")
Seeds per pack: 25
Price: $4.00
Plant these to encourage birds and butterflies to visit your garden frequently. This plant produces amazing cutflower. This plant is deer resistant. This plant is a great water saver. Also perfect for the busy lifestyle gardener or just that dry area where nothing seems to grow. This plant is scented.

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Notes: Beautifully bi-coloured and veined, these deer resistant, and scented flowers are a must have for any cut-flower enthusiast as they are a common bouquet filler. The plants are rhizomatous perennials. Once the seed has formed a rhizome the young plant starts growing from the main rhizome. Each year another 5 to 7 rhizomes form from the main rhizome, giving it the ability to send up between 50 to 70 flowering stems per year once established. This seed is not certified but grown in the same garden.

Instructions: Start indoors anytime or plant directly outside in March. Sow 1 to 2 cm deep. Plants are frost hardy but need protection in colder months. (Cover with organic material) Germination occurs in 15 to 50 days. These beauties prefer well-drained fertile acidic soil. Although Alstroemeria is drought tolerant, if you are growing for the purpose of cut flowers, it is important to keep them watered well for optimum production. They do not perform well in clay-based soils and prefer a full sun with some shade location for best results. Will naturalize well under a tree or on a sloping hillside.

Habitat: The Alstroemeria prefer a well-drained, fertile and slightly acidic soil. They prefer the warmth of full-sun but will tolerate part-shade in warmer climates. In hotter months Alstroemeria benefits from mulching at the base to protect from extreme heat and to hold moisture. Alstroemeria will flower anywhere between late spring and early summer. They also benefit from regular feedings with a certified organic liquid fertilizer every 3-4 weeks during its bloom period. If you are not in a zone 5 or 6 you should grow your Alstroemeria in pots and move the pots indoors for the winter months. This will protect them from freezing temperatures that will damage the tubers. If you are in a zone 5-6 or higher it is advised to mulch around the base of the plant in summer months for protection from extreme heat, especially for young first-year shoots.

History: Commonly called the Lily of the Incas or Peruvian Lily. Alstroemeria is native to South Americarhizomatousbut the Dutch collected them and worked with them by selective breeding to produce the strong plants we see today. The genus was named after the Swedish baron Claus von Alstroemer 1736 - 1794. Klas von Alstroemer was a pupil of Linnaeus.

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Delphinium - Great early cut-flower. Deer resistant, drought tolerant and an early bloomer that produces a bounty of truly stunning  bi-colour and tri-colour flowers.(Especially in second and subsequent years.) Provide even moisture and bright light for best results. A hummingbird favorite.   Foxglove Mix - This variety produces spires of white and pink tubular florets with vividly speckled throats. Flowers 1st year from early sowing fall sowing. Plants are hardy biennials. Useful in a wildflower garden as it self-sows easily. Ancients founded the medicinal uses that are still used today in the treatment of heart problems. Hummingbirds love the early and late blooms. Cut flowering stems down to the ground to encourage second spikes.   Delphinium Mixed Colors - This mix is full of deep and pastel colour. Cut the flowers to encourage more blooms. Hummingbirds and Bees love the rich colour and nectar of these show stoppers. Delphinium makes a stunning statement in any garden or bouquet.
Delphinium   Foxglove Mix   Delphinium Mixed Colors
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