Alstroemeria are called Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas.

The genus was named by Linnaeus after a Swedish baron (Claus von Alstroemer), who collected seeds on a trip to South America in 1753. There are from 30 to 50 different species, all native from South American. Most come from two areas, which represent two different growth patterns: central Chile, producing winter flowering plants, and eastern Brazil that produces summer-blooming plants. Other species are scattered around different regions. All are long-lived perennials except one species: A. graminea, a small species with an annual life span native to the deserts of Chile. Most species of Alstroemeria have showy flowers with six tepals (petals and sepals that look similar). In a few species, two tepals are enlarged and distinctly colored or marked, these act as "flags" that attract pollinators. Plants have rootstocks that consist of a slender rhizome or groups of rhizomes, and connected to these are sausage-like storage roots that hold water. The stems may be stout in alpine Andean species and only a few cm tall, or they can be 1.5 m tall in other species. Each year, plants produce many new shoots with umbels of flowers. The umbels end the stems and each has up to 10 flowers. The stems produce leaves that twist as they grow out, so that the bottom surface ends-up as the top, this is a condition called resupinate.

There are many hybrids grown in cultivation and some in the wild. There are over 200 named cultivars. These differ in the flower color, flower markings and plant sizes. The plants come in a very wide range of colors. Many of the most commonly grown plants are the result of crosses between the winter-growing and summer-growing species; producing semi to evergreen plants that flower year round. The flowers are very popular as cutting material for bouquets and flower arrangements and have a vase life of about two weeks

The seeds are good sized and generally easy to handle. When stored the seeds become very hard and soaking them in warm water for 3 days will spead up germination, the water should be changed once or twice a day with fresh warm water. When sowing the seeds should be covered with a 1/4 inch of soil medium and keep at 65-70F for three weeks and then moved to 33-40F for 6 weeks, then moved 55-65F for Germination in 2-30 weeks. The period of germination can be spread out over a long time so removing the seedlings when large enough to handle and planting into a pot works best to protect newer germinated seeds from being choked-out by larger seedlings.

Alstroemeria  hybrida 'Dandy Candy'
    Code: AHT7
    SKU: Lot A3 - 10 seeds
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    Liliaceae:

    This is a selection of dwarf alstroemeria that produces plants that grow about 1 foot tall. Alstroemeria are nice in pots and good for cool greenhouses and window boxes. They will flower the same year, the colors of the flowers are vibrant and include deep reds, deep rose and white picotee around reds and rose. The flowers are very large and the plants are compact, growing 12 to 16 inches tall. All flowers have dark stripes and yellow markings - A choice mix.

    Zones 9-10 - but can be grown in a green house for year long blooming.

    Seeds germinate irregularly over a many weeks. Start off with 3 weeks at 80-86F, then move for 3 weeks to 38-45F, then move up to 70-75F. Seed trays should not be discarded prematurely. Constant moisture must be maintained.

    10 seeds

    Alstroemeria aurantiaca
      Code: 4AM1-A9
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      [Alstroemeria aurea] Inca Lily or Peruvian Lily

      Here is a summer flowering plant with spreading tuberous growth. Plants have narrow, twisted leaves and very showy orange colored flowers often tinted green at the tips. Widely grown as a cut flower. When in flower they reach a height of about 3 feet and a width of 18 inches.

      Zones (7)8-10

      Alstroemeria aurantiaca - Soak seed in warm water for 3 days, changing the water once a day with fresh warm water. Cover seeds and keep at 70-86F for three weeks then move to 35-42F for four weeks. Move to 65-74F Germination in 2-30 weeks The species is native from Chile and Argentina.

      25 seeds

      Alstroemeria aurea var. red
        Code: ALAR-A1
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        Red flowering form of this species.

        Soak seed in warm water for 3 days, changing the water once a day with fresh warm water.Cover seeds and keep at 65-70F for three weeks then move to 33 to 40F for four weeks. Germination in 2-30 weeks at 55 to 65F.

        25 seeds

        Alstroemeria exserens
          Code: ALEX-A1
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          [Alstroemeria exerens] Alstromeriaceae:

          A low growing species with large flowers, the flower color ranges from reddish-pink to near white. Plants grow around 4 to 6 inches tall when in full bloom. Provide some light shade and a soil that has good drainage (gritty and rocky soils are best), fertilize sparingly.

          Native to central Chile. Soak seed in warm water for 3 days, changing the water once a day with fresh warm water. Cover seeds and keep at 65-70F for three weeks then move to 33 to 40F for four weeks. Germination in 2-30 weeks at F 55 to 65F.

          20 seeds

          Alstroemeria ligtu  'Dr. Salter's Hybrids'
            Code: ALL1-A8
            SKU: Lot A4 - 50 seeds
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            Peruvian Lily (Ahl-srurm-E-ree-a: lig-too)

            Plants grow around 36 inches tall. This seed will give a mix of colors including apricot, melon to salmon-pink, cerise and many different reds from light too deep. Great cut flowers. Plants will become dense and spreading when established in the landscape, they can also be grown as a pot plant in a cool green house or sunroom in colder climates. 'Peruvian Lily' will do best in a sunny exposure in cooler locations or part shade were it is hot. They should be given deep, humus rich, moisture retentive soils that are well draining. When the plants go dormant they can be stored over winter in peat moss or vermiculite. When stored the area should be very cool, near freezing to 39F. Do not permit the bulbs to dry out over winter but do not store them damp, check the bulbs occasionally and mist them with water if they start to dry. Mature plants can be divided but it is a task involving some labor, the bulbs should be planted shallowly and mulched with a layer of organics but the top area were the bulb top is, should not be covered.

            Zones 7-10. Seed germination in 2-30 weeks at F 55. Soak seed in warm water for 3 days, changing the water once a day with fresh warm water.

            50 seeds

            Alstroemeria ligtu 'New Hybrids'
              Code: A229-A8
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              'Peruvian Lily' (Ahl-srurm-E-ree-a: lig-too):

              Plants grow 24 to 36 inches tall. This seed will give a mix of colors including apricot, melon to salmon-pink, cerise and many different reds from light too deep. The colors are supposed to be brighter than the other mix offered. This selection produces some great cut flowers for vases. Plants become dense and spreading when established in the landscape, they can also be grown as a pot plant in a cool green house or sun room in colder climates. 'Peruvian Lily' will do best in a sunny exposure in cooler locations or part shade where it is hot. They should be given deep, humus rich, moisture retentive soils that have good drainage. Alstroemerias are showy of perennials, with large spectacular, brightly streaked flowers. Very nice when planted in groups along a path or grouped in a sheltered sunny border. They have a long flowering period throughout summer. In colder regions plant them at the base of a south facing wall. Plants will bloom the second or third year after sowing but if grown well, some blooming the first year.

              Zones 7-10

              Soak seed in warm water for 3 days, changing the water once a day with fresh warm water. Germination in 2-30 weeks at F 55. Not difficult to grow from seed, but the seeds can take a while to start germination. Soaking in hot water for 24 hours helps. Use a small glass with hot tap water, drop the seeds in and allow the water to cool, replace the water every 8 hours with fresh hot water.

              40 seeds

              Alstroemeria ligtu ssp. incarnata
                Code: ALLI-A1
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                30 seeds

                Alstroemeria psittacina 'Mona Lisa'
                  Code: 5ALG-A1
                  SKU: Lot - A3
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                  Amaryllidaceae:

                  Dark red spots on reddish tinted cream colored flowers, the flowers have green colored ends. The flowers are larger than the typical species, and are more numerous, plus the red coloration is more intense. Nice cut flower. Protect with dry mulch in winter.

                  Zones (6)7-10

                  Soak seed in warm water for 3 days, changing the water once a day with fresh warm water. Cover seeds and keep at 70-86F for three weeks then move to 35-42F for four weeks. Move to 65-74F Germination in 2-30 weeks.

                  15 seeds