Peruvian Lily Seeds(ALSTROEMERIA psittacina 'Mona Lisa')Great cut flowers ,Perennial
Life Cycle: Perennial
Origin: South America
Special Features: A type, which comes true from seed. It was used for decades by the King, and later the Queen, of Denmark. Flowers bigger than the species, more numerous and the red color is brighter. Good cut-flower. A light mulch of pine boughs is recommended in winter. Full sun in cool summer climates to semi-shade elsewhere.
Historical: Arne Jensen, a Danish nurseryman, received a plant from the Royal gardener who eventually shared a plant with Klaus Jelitto. Recognizing that the plant came true from seed, Klaus decided it was deserving of a cultivar name. Thus, it became known as 'Mona Lisa', named in honor of Jensen's wife, Mona Lisa, who was not the subject of Leonardo Da Vinci's painting! Introduced by JELITTO PERENNIAL SEEDS 1993.
Basic Colour: (red/scarlet/purple)
Flower Colour: dark red, greenish tithe inner segments lined light reddish-brown
Natural Flowering Period: July - October
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z7 - Z10
Growth Habit: upright, erect
Height with Flowers: 90 cm
Spacing between Plants: 45 cm
Soil Requirements: acidic/humus rich, fertile
pH value: 5.8 - 6.8
Usage: suitable for cutting
They make a striking display when they are planted in mass groupings. Peruvian Lilies are fragrant, and they are an excellent cut flower lasting as long as 2 weeks in the vase. Alstroemeria Peruvian Lily prefers cool, moist, deep, well-drained soil. In hotter climates, Peruvian Lilies prefer some afternoon shade. On occasions plants grown from Peruvian Lily seeds will bloom during the first year. Usually the blooms will come the second year and the amount and quality of flowers will improve with each year.
Peruvian Lily seeds needs to have a cold treatment in order to break germination. It is recommended to place the seeds in dampened peat moss, seal in a ziploc bad and place the seeds in the refrigerator for 3 weeks. After the cold treatment, grow Peruvian Lily seed in 3 inch pots, 3 - 4 seeds in each pot and lightly cover them with soil. Place pots in 70F for germination. To directly sow Alstroemeria seeds outdoors in prepared soil, do so in winter so that the cold treatment will naturally occur, and in the spring as temperatures warm, the flower seed will sprout. Once established, Peruvian Lilies have tubers which can spread rapidly and are about a foot underground, so the plant easily spreads and grows. In northern climates Alstroemeria plants will need to have a heavy mulch in the winter to keep the plant from freezing.
USDA Zones: 7 - 10
Height: 32 inches
Bloom Season: Late spring through summer
Bloom Color: Mix
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 5.8 - 6.8
Temperature: It is recommended to place the seeds in dampened peat moss, seal in a ziploc bag and place the seeds in the refrigerator for 3 weeks. After the cold treatment, grow Peruvian Lily seed in 3 inch pots, 3 - 4 seeds in each pot and lightly cover them with soil. Place pots in 70F for germination.
Average Germ Time: 14 days once moved to 70F after cold treatment
Light Required: Yes
Depth: 1/4 inch
Sowing Rate: 3 - 4 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 9 - 12 inches
Materials: The Garden,Container,Spring,Early,Fall Planting,or plant in the garden,Heirloom Bulb,Nigum,Atropurpureum