Symbolic of wealth, prosperity and fortune, the flower of friendship. As the common name suggests, Alstroemeria is native to South America and was named after Swedish botanist Baron Klas von Alstroemer. He collected seeds on a trip to Spain in 1753. Among which were the seeds of this South American flower.
Did you know that the Alstroemeria (known as Peruvian Lily and Lily of the Incas) are members of the Amaryllis family?
Alstroemeria stems grow from rhizomes (underground stems) that are temperature sensitive. Many growers use special soil-cooling techniques to cool these rhizomes and induce flower production.
Peru, Brazil and Chile
were the first growers, however, it was the breeders in the UK and
Holland who developed the huge range of hybrid varieties,all with quite
different colors and markings and as of today, we bring all the
Alstroemerias from Colombia and Ecuador.
Each 90–70cm stem of Alstroemeria holds many delicate, lily-like blooms, thus the common name of "Peruvian Lily". Alstroemeria blossoms come in many shades of pink, salmon, orange, red, yellow, purple,lavender and white with dark flecks on the petals.
This product is available year-round from South America.
Care & Handling:
- Remove any leaves that will be immersed in water.
- Cut the bottom 1/2 inch off each stem at an angle using a sharp knife. (Donot use scissors as they can crush flower stems and prevent proper hydration, thus shortening the life of the flower.)
- Make sure to use a clean vase.
- Mix one liter of lukewarm water with the package of Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flower Food (provided with your flowers)
- Be sure to measure carefully when adding food into the water as the proper quantities both feed the flower and inhibit bacteria growth.
- Do not place flowers near heat (ie. Refrigerator or television), extreme cold, drafts, smoke fumes or in direct sunlight.
- Water quality makes a big difference. Do not use softened water as it may reduce the life of the flowers. Use regular drinking water and if the water becomes cloudy, change it, add additional flower food and re-cut the flowers.
- Alstroemeria is ethylene sensitive. Keep away from all external sources of ethylene, such as fruit, carbon monoxide and decaying plant material.
- Alstroemeria can be used with any theme.
- Use with elegant flowers or mix with pompons, mini carnations or carnations.
- Place in a clear vase with a large tapestry bow to show off colors and vibrancy.
- Use in an arrangement with German Statice and miniature poms to create a Victorian look.