Alstromeria Seed ( Perennial )
Peruvian Lily seeds needs to have a cold treatment in order to break germination. It is recommended to place the seeds in dampened peat moss, seal in a ziploc bad and place the seeds in the refrigerator for 3 weeks. After the cold treatment, grow seed in 3 inch pots, 3 - 4 seeds in each pot and lightly cover them with soil. Place pots in 70F for germination.
To directly sow Alstroemeria seeds outdoors in prepared soil, do so in winter so that the cold treatment will naturally occur, and in the spring as temperatures warm, the flower seed will sprout.
Once established, Peruvian Lilies have tubers which can spread rapidly and are about a foot underground, so the plant easily spreads and grows. In northern climates Alstroemeria plants will need to have a heavy mulch in the winter to keep the plant from freezing.
Average Germ Time: 14 days once moved to 70F after cold treatment.
Depth: 1/4 inch.
Sowing Rate: 3 - 4 seeds per plant.
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination.
Plant Spacing: 9 - 12 inches.
Outdoors: Zones 7-10.
IP179 Peruvian Lily, Dr. Salters Hybrids ( Alstromeria ligtu )
The hummingbirds will love your garden when you grow Peruvian Lilies! Alstroemeria Dr. Salters hybrids are a wonder producing different colored blooms on the same plant. The colors are: salmon, cerise, flame, lilac, red, gold, and bronze in flowers that resemble lilies.
They make a striking display when they are planted in mass groupings.
They are fragrant, and they are an excellent cut flower lasting as long as 2 weeks in the vase.
Prefers cool, moist, deep, well-drained soil. In hotter climates, Peruvian Lilies prefer some afternoon shade. On occasions plants grown from Peruvian Lily seeds will bloom during the first year. Usually the blooms will come the second year and the amount and quality of flowers will improve with each year.