Australian Grown Alstro is available NOW
At The Flower Garden we use Australian Grown Alstroemeria in flower arrangements all the time. The beautiful striped petals have a special way of lighting up a room!
The beautiful but humble Alstroemeria is the unsung hero in most bouquets and arrangements. The attractive blooms are often used as a ‘filler’ flower and the delicate, unique markings often overlooked when mixed with feature flowers. With no fragrance, “Alstro” is a great choice in arrangements for the home and hospitals with a vase life of about two weeks. This explains why it is probably the most popular variety of filler used by florists world-wide.
Australian Grown Alstroemeria is commonly called the Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas or Parrot Lily, At The Flower Garden we are excited to see local Australian Grown Alstroemeria coming back into stock, At The Flower Garden we believe the best Australian Grown Alstroemeria comes from Robertsons Alstroemeria in Tasmania. Alstromeria originated mainly from the cool, mountainous regions in the Andes where they actually grow wild. Also known as Lily of the Incas or Peruvian Lily, Alstroemeria is actually more closely related to Amaryllis than they are to true lilies.
The Alstroemeria flower is symbolic of wealth, prosperity and fortune. It is also the flower of friendship. The flower comes in orange, pink, rose, purple, lavender, red, yellow, white and bi colours and blooms during Spring and early Summer. They are also the 30th wedding anniversary flower, symbolizing devotion.
Alstroemeria can be mixed with most flowers and look fantastic when combined classic style with roses and/or seasonal varieties. Stems can be kept long or trimmed down for smaller posies, wreath and installation work.
For a more exotic twist, The Flower Garden likes to pair Alstroemeria with taller flowers like Asiatic Lilies, bird of paradise, orchids, or crab claws.
Cut Flower Tips:
- Purchase when clusters have several flowers open and other buds showing colour. Stems and leaves should be deep green.
- Be sure to remove the whitish portion of the lower stem if it is present. Hydrate in warm water for two hours before storage or usage.
- Cut the stems on a slant with scissors and place them in a clean vase with fresh water
- When the leaves start to wilt and turn yellow, before the flowers have finished blooming simply remove the leaves that have discoloured and re-cut the stems
- When the individual flowers do start to fade, remove them, leaving the remaining buds to open.
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