Alstroemeria Non-hardy Hybrid

Jane McGary
Fri, 09 May 2008 02:30:03 PDT
I think Jim Shields is referring to one of the "Princess Strain" hybrid 
alstroemerias that are now widely available in garden centers. They are 
suitable for containers and I have an attractive one in my solarium. It is 
evergreen and has a long flowering period. Judging from the succulent, 
shiny foliage, it is closely descended from A. pelegrina, which is coastal 
and probably quite tender. I tried four other selections outdoors, and one 
of them barely survived a winter here but the others died.

At 10:36 AM 5/8/2008 -0400, you wrote:
>Hi all,
>We bought some small potted plants for the deck a year ago. Included was a
>small Alstroemeria hybrid that turned out to be evergreen. It seems that
>there are some hybrids on the market now that will stay green and perhaps
>even flowering all year round. This is almost a dwarf, less than a foot (30
>cm) tall as I recall.
>I moved the planter into the greenhouse in autumn and let it go completely
>dry, expecting to have to nurse it through a dormant period. The
>Alstroemeria alone continued to stay green and tried to grow. Finally, I
>dug it out, divided it into 4 pieces, and replanted it into the container.
>I started watering it almost immediately, and it is growing and flowering

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