Alstroemeria growing

Paul Tyerman
Tue, 30 Nov 2004 03:30:23 PST
>5. Has anyone attempted to hybridize small, showy species (particularly A. 
>hookeri) with an eye toward creating a low-growing, heavy-flowering group 
>of cultivars for garden borders?


I am not aware of whether these are unique to Australia or not, but we have 
a whole range of "Dwarf" Alstroemerias available over here.  There must be 
at least a dozen different varieties now (not including duplicates sold 
under different names by different suppliers!).  The dwarf varieties range 
from around 6-8 inches tall up to a bit under 2 feet...... they're most 
definitely dwarf when compared to the old favourites like 'Yellow King', 
'Red Fury', 'Reginae' etc (I think I have seen these mentioned by overseas 
people which is why I am fairly certain they aren't just Aussie ones).

I do not have any idea of how these dwarf varieties were bred though..... 
just that they range in colour from almost white through yellow, a range of 
different pinks and red-pinks etc.  Some have distinct flashes of other 
colour, while I recently bought one that is supposed to only grow to 2 feet 
tall that is probably the most purple I have seen of any Alstroemeria.

If I can get any more information for you then please let me know.  I have 
sent to the list in case it interests others.  I grow all of mine in large 
self-watering tubs.  They like the extra water, and it controls them so 
they don't take over the world.  The only problem is that the tubers all 
end up right at the bottom of the pots and are almost impossible to lift 
out without repotting the whole thing.  I promised one to Roy Sachs a few 
years ago but I have yet to successfully get a piece out of the pot, and I 
have not been well enough to go through upending the whole tub to get one 
out... and they're basically evergreen so I don't want to break off the 
flowers! LOL  I just can't win!

The dwarfs definitely do put on a wonderful display though, and much easier 
to enjoy as they are packed in together instead of waving around on long 
stems getting in the way!


Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9

Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Trilliums, Cyclamen, 
Crocus, Cyrtanthus, Oxalis, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just 
about anything else that doesn't move!!!!!

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