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Alstroemeria ‘Princess Mathilde’
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Alstroemeria 'Princess Mathilde'
Alstroemeria ‘Princess Mathilde' – deep rose-pink flowers.
The first cut-flower Inca lilies to arrive in South Africa captured the imagination of gardeners and the search was soon on to obtain specimens to plant. Unfortunately for us, the best long-stemmed varieties were subject to strict breeders' rights and were kept exclusively for the cut-flower market. As time went by, certain varieties were released to the gardening market and since then, several hybrids have come and gone. Plant cultivators worldwide still take advantage of the fact that alstroemerias hybridize quite easily, and new hybrids are carefully protected by growers.
When do they bloom?
Flowers are borne from spring through to autumn, when the plants die down and lie dormant through winter (remember to mark their positions so that you don't accidentally dig them up).
Most suitable climate
Dwarf alstroemerias are semi-hardy and prefer a moderate climate. Gardeners with very cold winters and heavy frost could plant them in pots, but they need to be in a sheltered spot and covered with mulch when they are dormant.
What they need
Location: full sun or light shade, such as morning sun and afternoon shade.
Watch out for
Snails and slugs love to feast on the soft leaves and flowers, so put out snail bait regularly. Red spider mite may become a pest during summer – inspect your plants often and spray regularly. Light infestations can be washed off with a strong jet of water from your hosepipe.
Get more value
Divide overgrown tussocks during autumn and replant them in well-prepared soil.
in a nutshell
* Cut flowers for smaller gardens.
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