|Home » Categories » Plants » Plants A-Z » AA|
Alstroemeria ‘Princess Mathilde’
Article Number: 353 | Rating: Unrated | Last Updated: Mon, May 20, 2013 at 8:19 AM
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.
There are no attachments for this article.
There are no comments for this article. Be the first to post a comment.
Aloe plicatilis (fan aloe)
Viewed 7973 times since Thu, Apr 11, 2013
Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis ‘Blue Velvet’
Viewed 4749 times since Wed, Apr 10, 2013
Agave parryi var. parryi
Viewed 1581 times since Wed, Mar 21, 2012
Aloe thraskii (dune aloe)
Viewed 5477 times since Thu, Apr 11, 2013
Alstroemeria ‘Princess Anouska’
Viewed 3749 times since Fri, Apr 12, 2013
Aloe ‘Erik the Red’
Viewed 1668 times since Thu, Mar 28, 2013
Viewed 2415 times since Fri, Apr 13, 2012
Agave geminiflora (twin flower agave)
Viewed 6274 times since Thu, Apr 11, 2013
Viewed 6871 times since Wed, Apr 10, 2013
Viewed 1579 times since Fri, Mar 9, 2012