Dwarf Alstromerias, also called Princess Lilies or Inca Lilies, provide almost continuous blooming for many months from mid spring, right through summer. Herbaceous perennials, they're available in a wide variety of colors: white, apricot, orange, shades of purple, greens, pinks and reds and feature a variety of markings on the flower in contrasting colours. Dwarf Alstromeria form a clump of upright stems with light - dark green leaves depending on variety. there's even a variety with variegated leaves.
Alstroemerias are not only beautiful and long flowering, they're very easy to grow.
Plant in full sun, in well-drained soil. Alstroemeria are drought tolerant once established. Protect tuberous roots with a layer of mulch.
Tuberous roots allow the plants to store water and nutrients for times of need as well as making them easy to divide. If dividing your Alstromerias make sure you have healthy tubers in each bunch you're replanting and be sure to water in well. Avoid dividing every year as they don't enjoy having their roots disturbed too often. *Some varieties may not flower for 1-2 years after dividing.
Dwarf Alstromeria are a perfect pop of colour and look sensational in pots and containers, in the garden or used as a perennial border.
Cut Flowers: it's best to pull the Alstromeria stems out of the flower rather than cut the flowers from the stem as you would with other plants (cutting the stem of Astromerias can actually slow the growth of the plant). Hold the stem at the base, (close to the ground) and pull up until the whole stem comes out - this helps the plant form new shoots at the base.