Alstromeria Peruvian Lily
A beautiful cut flower that is attractive to hummingbirds, this hybrid mix offers a brilliant display of color from May to midsummer in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Growing 3-4 feet tall, Peruvian Lilies produce clusters of azalea-like blooms in an amazing array of colors that last well in a vase. Considered a perennial in zones 7-11, Alstromerias have been known to winter over in zone 6 with protection. In colder climates the tuberous roots can be dug after the first light frost and stored in a plastic bag containing dry peat moss. Place the bag in a dark, cool (32-40°F) location. Dr. Salters Hybrid mix, 1 packet of 25 seeds.
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Soak seed in warm water for 2 days changing the water once a day with fresh warm water. Then sow in 3 inch pots, placing 3 seeds ¼ inch deep. Put inside zip-lock bags and keep at 70° F. for 3 weeks. Then move bags into refrigerator for 3 weeks. Next, return to 70° F., germination begins in about 2 weeks. Transplant entire clump into the garden 12-18 inches apart..