Fol­low Anne’s ad­vice to over­win­ter al­stroe­me­ria

Amateur Gardening - - Gardener’s -

De­spite our damp cli­mate, heavy soil and a few al­stroe­me­ria fa­tal­i­ties where I live in East De­von, I’m still de­ter­mined to suc­ceed with lovely hy­brids like ‘In­dian Sum­mer’ and beau­ti­fully marked ‘Cindy’.

A new tac­tic is called for and I’m go­ing to treat these Peru­vian lilies rather as we do aga­pan­thus.

Va­ri­eties new to the gar­den will re­main in con­tain­ers ini­tially, moved un­der un­heated glass for win­ter where wa­ter­ing is eas­ier to con­trol. They’ll be kept just moist and in­su­lated by fleece if nec­es­sary.

Once they’ve filled their con­tainer, they’ll be di­vided in early spring or au­tumn. Some can go back in the (cleaned) pot and the rest in the gar­den to see how they fare.

Al­stroe­me­ria ‘in­dian sum­mer’ Al­stroe­me­ria ‘cindy’

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