Saturday, June 1, 2013

Alstroemeria - Hardy and Beautiful

We have two Alstroemerias available for 2013 

'Inca Ice' and 'Mauve Majesty'

'Inca Ice' is available in pots and currently 'Mauve Majesty' is available as a bare root plant.
 It will be available as a potted plant later in the summer (August- October).

Alstroemeria INCA ICE™ ('Koice')
   

Walters Gardens, Inc.
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

One of our favorites in our trials of The Inca Collection®!  We’ve watched this plant growing in our shade trials for a few years now and have been impressed every year with its vigor and incredible capacity to produce loads of flowers over a long period.  We’re confident you’ll be equally impressed. 
In our garden, this plant formed a full, bushy, upright clump of linear, green leaves.  The top ¼ of the plant becomes totally covered in flowers from mid through late summer here in Michigan, though it reportedly begins blooming much earlier in warmer climates. 
The flowers have alternating petals of soft apricot pink and creamy yellow with brown speckling, giving an overall look of light peach when viewed from a distance. Incredibly full umbels carrying 20 or more flowers each were counted in our trials—WOW! 
Though the plants in this series were bred specifically for garden use rather than the floral industry, the stems are still plenty long enough for cutting.  These flowers would look beautiful in a bridal bouquet!   
Intro Year: 2011
Breeder: Konst Alstroemeria
Introducer: Konst Alstroemeria
Origin: Not Native to North America



CHARACTERISTICS:




Height:
  2-3 Feet
Spread:
  3 Feet
Flower Color:
  Peach shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
5,6,7,8,9
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
  Late summer
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
























Alstroemeria 'Mauve Majesty' PP18183

Common Name: Peruvian Lily
   



Walters Gardens, Inc.
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

From the breeding program of Dr. Mark Bridgen of Cornell University comes this hardy pink Alstroemeria, one of the first in its color class to be hardy to zone 6.

Bright mauve pink flowers with beautiful dark speckling and a creamy yellow throat are produced atop neat, upright plants in midsummer. They make excellent cut flowers, lasting up to 2 weeks in a vase.

This plant is perfect for cutting gardens or the perennial gardener who wants to try something different!
Breeder: Mark Bridgen
Origin: Not Native to North America


CHARACTERISTICS:



Height:
  30 Inches
Spread:
  20 Inches
Flower Color:
  Pink shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
6,7,8,9
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)





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