Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria


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Irrigation


The evergreen herbaceous grace has its origin exclusively from the south of the American continent and is included in the specific and not very vast family grouping of the Alstroemeriaceae. This shrub is very present in Peruvian tradition and customs and is appreciated for its characteristic inflorescences, with striped designs and the most different colors, which are often used for the composition of wonderful bouquets. It will have to be sprayed with constancy during the spring and summer seasons, even at close frequencies, where the wetting will be limited, but not entirely suspended, in the remaining part of the year. It is always advisable to spray the Alstroemeria only if the earth shows itself to be completely drained, in order to avoid the possible formation of water stagnations, pernicious for the roots of the bush.

Culture



The Alstroemeria will find its ideal position in the open spaces, to embellish flower beds and parks, while with some difficulty it will lend itself to potted cultivation in the house. In any case, a soft soil with organic substances will be prepared, to which sandy materials should preferably be added to ensure efficient drainage. Real pruning works will not be indispensable, resulting in sufficient periodic removals of the old and worn branches and of the now withered inflorescences. Where placed in a container, on the other hand, the herbaceous plant can be subjected to repotting operations in the spring period, at an average frequency of two years, if the roots have completely filled the pot and jeopardize the feed required.

Composting



Whatever the chosen positioning, the ornamental evergreen will be profitably and with fertilized regularity, in order to take the right and balanced nutrients. Fertilization will be concentrated in the spring and summer period, with recommended twice-weekly intervals, while it will be interrupted without delay throughout the cold season. It will preferably be used organic fertilizer of a liquid nature, conveniently dissolved in the water of watering, but the use of solid granular fertilizer with prolonged release cannot be ruled out, with frequencies logically more spaced in time. The fertilizer used will be specific for the Alstroemeria plant and must include a good prevalence of potassium elements at the expense of other ordinary macro-components, as well as the presence of suitable and adequate micro-elements.

Alstroemeria: Exposure and pathologies



The evergreen colorful will adore a discreetly sunny and illuminated habitat, even with direct exposure to solar radiation, this nevertheless will adapt perfectly to partially shady environments, provided that they are not affected by sudden and sudden flows of air. It will normally tolerate unfavorable climatic conditions, however when temperatures should drop much below 0 ° C it will be advisable to protect it with suitable materials. Finally, the lively Alstroemeria can be threatened by mold and rot, caused by its incorrect positioning or by overflowing spraying, as well as attacked by insects and parasites, such as aphids. In this last case, it will be necessary to promptly eliminate these insects through natural or organic products, or with suitable insecticide.