- Season: Perennial
- USDA Zones: 7 - 10
- Height: 12 - 26 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: 70F
- Average Germ Time: 14 - 28 days
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: 1/8 inch
- Sowing Rate: 3 - 4 seeds per plant
- Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
- Plant Spacing: 9 - 12 inches
Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria Hybrida Dr. Salter's Mix) - The hummingbirds will love your garden when you grow Peruvian Lilies from flower seed! Alstroemeria Dr. Salters hybrids are a wonder producing different colored blooms on the same plant. The Peruvian Lily colors are yellow, orange, red, pink and gold, and the blooms have attractive veined markings. 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.