James Waddick
Thu, 01 Jun 2006 11:16:50 PDT
Dear all;
	I thought I'd tell you my beautiful failure to grow 
Alstroemeria. Last summer as fall approached, I thought it would be a 
good idea to try growing some full size/tall hybrid Alstroemeria in 
my cool greenhouse for mid-winter bloom. I arranged a few trades from 
members of this list and others and ended up with nearly a dozen 2,5 
and 10 gall pots of Alstroemeria roots in a range of colors. They 
soon settled down and began to grow.

	As planned they didn't seem to mind the frost free, but cool 
greenhouse and the reduced winter light we get here. But there was no 
bloom. I waited until Feb, March, April and they got more and more 
vigorous, green and lush; soon filling their pots. As April 
approached the weather warmed and  they began to spend some time 
outside the greenhouse on mild days. By the end of April flower buds 
finally appeared and by the first of May the first few flowers 
opened, but the plants were fully outside the greenhouse day and 

	Then I left the country for 3 weeks+. On my return they are 
all in gorgeous bloom in various shades of pink, red, purple and 
orange (no yellow or white by coincidence). They are now lining my 
front walk and look great.

	So my planned ultimately failed. Not one bloomed in the 
greenhouse at all, but I can't complain since they look so good now.

	Maybe this fall, I'll get them into the greenhouse a bit 
earlier and get something to bloom in Feb. IN THE GREENHOUSE.

	Try again.		Best	Jim W.

ps OR are their early blooming or cool season hybrids I SHOULD have 
tried? Grow first and ask questions afterward.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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