Sow Outside: Seeds have poor germination: Cover seed. Start of spring. Space 14 to 20 inches (35—50 cm).
Sow Inside: Germination time: two weeks to twelve months. Use peat pots. Spring. Seven or eight weeks in advance. Transplant outdoors in the spring.
Requirements and care: Full sunlight for best results, or partial shade (requires at least six hours of sunlight for best results). Good drainage. Light Humus rich soil. Well broken and aerated.
Provide support. Feed late in winter. Deadhead to prevent spreading. Propagate: by dividing rhizomes in the spring, cut plants to 6 inches (15 cm) two weeks before performing division. Alstroemeria rhizomes are usually about one foot (30 cm) deep and a two-year-old plant should have about 20 rhizomes ready for division, be sure to leave the youngest offshoots on the plant.
Closely Related Species: Bomarea vines
Miscellaneous: Deer resistant plant. Named after the Swedish baron Clas Alströmer, a student of the botanist, zoologist, and physician Carl Linnaeus. Grows wildly from clusters of tubers. Over 190 cultivars and hybrids are available.