Altromeria, also known as Peruvian lily and Lily of the Incas as it originates from South America, This hardy perennial is famed for its stunning, vibrantly coloured summer flowers. From July until mid-autumn, the blooms bloom in a variety of hues, including red, orange, purple, pink, and yellow as well as softer colors of pink and white.

Altromeria flowers have an exotic, lily-like appearance because they are borne in groups atop thick, leafy stems and have attractively patterned and marked interiors. Because the blossoms of Altromeria remain for a long time, cut flowers are also very popular. Due to its hardiness and simplicity of cultivation, altromeria has long been a favorite garden border plant. Plant breeders have recently developed a broad variety of stunning new altroemeria kinds, including compact cultivars that are especially well-suited to growing in pots, with a wider color range and longer flowering characteristics that deliver great garden performance. Bees and other pollinating insects are attracted to the blossoms of altromeria.

How to grow Altromeria

How to grow Altromeria

Altromeria is a hardy herbaceous perennial, which means it can survive harsh winters and exist for many years. Altromerias should be planted in the spring, 60 cm apart, so they have time to establish themselves before blooming. Altromerias can be grown for cut flowers in a quiet area or “cuttings patch” if you have the space, as on an allotment.

For fresh flowers and gifts to the Port Coquitlam, BC area for any occasion, including wedding anniversaries, birthdays, mother’s day, valentine’s day and so much more. Click here

How to care for Altromeria

Until they are established, water newly planted Altromerias during dry spells, but be careful not to overwater since the fleshy roots are prone to rotting. To keep the compost evenly moist, Altromerias grown in pots should constantly be watered frequently. Plants in borders can occasionally receive a thorough soaking to encourage flowering during extended dry spells. Use a high potash fertilizer, such as liquid tomato feed, when feeding in the summer.

Taller Altromeria cultivars benefit from being staked to support flower-laden stems. This can be done with twiggy “pea sticks,” canes and twine, or various plant supports that can be purchased.

When flowers have faded, remove the entire stem by gently pulling it from the base of the cluster rather than merely cutting off the dead head; this encourages new growth.

How to propagate Altromeria

Like the majority of perennials, Altromeria develops root clusters that enlarge with time. Large clumps can be divided after a number of years; this produces additional plants for no cost and also revives crowded plants when flowering begins to dwindle.

Early in the spring, divide Altromerias. Because of their easily damaged fleshy tuber-like roots, Altromerias should be lifted and handled carefully. The clump should then be divided into numerous parts, and it should be replanted right away in soil that has been amended with organic matter.

Advice on buying Altromeria

Advice on buying Altromeria

  • Purchase Altromeria in late winter or early spring for planting in spring.
  • Numerous garden centers and nurseries provide Altromerias; however, specialty nurseries may have a larger assortment.
  • Make sure the fleshy roots are in good health by giving them a thorough inspection, and eliminate any that show signs of mold.