Alstroemeria ligtu seedlings

Shirley Meneice
Thu, 04 Aug 2005 21:11:38 PDT
Roy, I would recommend putting them in very deep pots.  They love to go 
down,down,down.  When they first come up again, I would recommend 
pulling them out.  It sounds cruel and unusual punshment, but they seem 
to develop much sturdier underpinnings if given this treatment in Pebble 
Beach, at least.  You won't get the whole plant when you pull, so don't 
worry about that.  If you do find yourself with no plants because of my 
advice, call and I'll send you some replacements.  Nothing special, but 
Alstroemeria ligtu plants for sure.
    Shirley Meneice
Roy Sachs wrote:

>>Dear experts,
>>I am a novice Alstroemeria grower. Having successfully
>>germinated several dozen Ligtu hybrids from seed some
>>months ago, I am now witnessing a withering and dying
>>back of all of my seedlings. A couple of inches of
>>height, with a remarkably large root, they are now, I
>>reckon, following the seasonal decline that my fully
>>mature Alstroemerias (bought in pots) are going
>>The young plants are mostly in three-inch pots. How
>>should I handle the next phase of their existence?
>>Pull up roots? Transplant now into my San Francisco
>>foggy garden? Leave pots alone?
>>Many thanks for your advice.
>>    Yours,
>>      Sam Gilbert
>Sam:  I've done lots of ligtu transplants from seedlings and been 
>where you are now.
>You can leave the seedlings in the pot for another few months or 
>transplant them now; note that the roots you see are fleshy roots, 
>not the fibrous ones required for good rhizome growth.  The important 
>thing to see is that the one to 3 fleshy roots are joined to a very 
>small rhizome and probably everything has to be handled gently to 
>keep the seedlings from falling apart.
>By gently I don't mean using kid gloves, just avoiding a lot of 
>torque or bouncing around.
>The biggest problem with growing alstroemeria in San Francisco is 
>finding a spot with enough sun, just the opposite of what I run into 
>in Davis.  Ligtus are very hardy in my experience and can tolerate a 
>lot of heat and cold.
>Please write if you have other questions.
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