Alstroemeria is a perennial plant, also known as Peruvian lily or Lily of the Incas, and is a genus of flowering plants native to South America. It is characterized by its showy flowers and attractive foliage. Alstroemerias are famous for their bright and cheerful flower blooms that come in a variety of colors such as pink, white, yellow, and orange. In addition to its beauty, alstroemeria also has a long history of being used in traditional medicine for its therapeutic properties. It is known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects as well as for being used to treat various skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. They have become a popular choice for cut flower arrangements with their long-lasting blooms that can last up to two weeks. They are also used in bouquets and garden beds due to their abundance of bright flowers. Alstroemeria has become a favorite choice in landscaping due to its low maintenance needs and vibrant display of color throughout the growing season.  Plant Alstroemeria in a sunny location with well-draining soil. Water them regularly, the soil needs to be moist but not soggy. Use a time-release fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer). Finally, deadhead spent flowers to keep plants looking their best and encourage more blooms throughout the season. Hardiness zones 6-10.

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  • Sep 28

    Is this a perennial? Thanks!

    It is a groundcover rose shrub that is hardy for zones 4 - 11. It does come back every year and is winter hardy.

  • Feb 22

    What zones can the California Lilac grow in. I live in zone 6, Kentucky. Thank you for helping me.

    The hardiness zones for this plant are 8 - 10.  There are different types of this plant so there might be one that works for you.  Here is more information.

  • Mar 15

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    Thank you for your kind comment.

  • May 03

    Not sure if this is the correct place to ask, but you seem to be knowledgable about the flowering plants.

    Most likely these two plants Lily of the valley and this flowering bonsai tree may share the same chemistry.

    Which fertilizer / condition do you recommend to bloom a flowering plant more? 

    Lily of the valley typically doesn’t need any fertilizer unless you have poor soil. If your soil lacks nutrients, you can add a slow-release granular fertilizer in the spring. For Bonsai plants, there is usually specific fertilizer for those plants.

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