Alstroemeria Plant Care

Alstroemeria Plant Care image by kanegen/flickr.com
Alstroemeria Plant Care image by kanegen/flickr.com

Overview

Alstroemeria aurea is also known as the lily of the Incas and the Peruvian lily. Alstroemeria is a tuberous perennial that is native to South America. The plant requires a moderate amount of care.

Sun

Alstroemeria should be planted in the spring in a location that offers full sun, especially in the morning hours.

Soil

The soil should have medium moisture with a pH level of 5.5 to 7. The soil should be sandy loam to clay loam and well-drained.

Planting

In the spring, the bulbs should be planted 8 inches (20 cm) deep with 12 inches (30 cm) between each root.

Water

The plant requires 1 inch of water per week, keeping the soil moist and well-drained. Adding compost or a 3-inch layer of mulch will help retain water.

Insects and Diseases

Problems to watch the plants for include spider mites, slugs, snails and leaf spots.

References

  • Alstroemeria aurea; Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Alstroemeria; NC State University
  • Alstroemeria; BackyardGardener
Keywords: Alstroemeria aurea, plant care, lily of the Incas, Peruvian lily

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Angie Briggs has been a health and fitness writer since 2006. Her articles have been published on eHow, LIVESTRONG.COM and GardenGuides. She graduated from Thompson Institute with a diploma as a computer support specialist and received certification from CareerStep as a medical transcriptionist and medical language specialist.

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