Alstroemeria Non-hardy Hybrid

J.E. Shields
Thu, 08 May 2008 07:36:14 PDT
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 

This would certainly not be hardy over winter in my climate --central 
Indiana (Midwest USA), USDA cold zone 5. Still, the evergreen habit and 
nearly continuous flowering make it a very interesting plant!

Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA)

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
P.O. Box 92              WWW:
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
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