Learn how to care for a Peruvian lily along with its history and classification details.
Hardiness Zone: 8-10
Soil Type: Slightly acidic, 5.5-6.5 pH
Sun Exposure: Full to partial sun
Annual or Perennial: Perennial
History: The Peruvian lily comes from South America, and can be found in a variety of colors such as yellow, pink, orange, and white.
These tuberous perennials are not true lilies, but the summer blooms extending up from clustered foliage of lance-shaped leaves closely resemble lily flowers. Peruvian lily flowers are commonly used in mixed flower bouquets, where the funnel-shaped flowers with warm brown freckles are among the last blossoms to fade.
How to Care for a Peruvian Lily
How do I plant Peruvian Lily?
Alstroemerias need full sun to flower well and should be grown in reasonably fertile and well drained soil. Choose a sheltered spot, ideally away from prevailing winds, and add organic matter to the soil before planting. In pots, use a peat-free. soil-based potting compost.
Ideally, plant alstroemerias in spring so they can settle in before flowering, spacing them 60 cm apart. For cut flowers, grow alstroemerias in an out of the way spot or ‘cuttings patch’ if you have space, such as on an allotment
How do I propagate Peruvian Lily?
Peruvian lily can be propagated in several ways, but the easiest and most reliable method is by dividing the tuberous roots. The best time to propagate Peruvian lilies is by dividing tubers in early spring before new growth begins.
Can I grow the Peruvian lily in a pot?
Yes, you can grow the Peruvian lily in a pot, take care, it may outgrow the pot at some point.
How much should I water the Peruvian Lily?
Water at least 1 inch of water per week.
Do I need to fertilize the Peruvian Lily?
You can fertilize the Peruvian Lily infrequently.
When does the Peruvian Lily bloom?
Early summer through fall.
How long will the Peruvian Lily flower last?
They often last as much as two weeks in a vase, but they are equally valuable for their display in a sunny border garden.
Should I plant any companion plants?
Peruvian Lily grows well with Cosmos and Dianthus.
Peruvian Lily Meaning
Peruvian lilies express friendship and devotion.