Alstroemeria

"friendship and devotion" and "wealth, prosperity and fortune"

Known as Peruvian Lily, Lily of the Inca, Parrot Lily, or Princess Lily

Family

Alstroemeriaceae (previously Liliaceae)

Species

Alstroemeria aureaAlstroemeria Firenze, Alstroemeria ligtuAlstroemeria Himalaya, Alstroemeria Hot Pepper, Alstroemeria pulchella

Colors

Available in multiple colors, except blue

Origin

South America (Andes)

Grower Recommendations

Alstroemeria are ethylene sensitive. They benefit from an anti-ethylene treatment such as EthylBloc Technology. To protect flowers from ethylene damage, treat them as soon as possible after harvest. Place flowers into a holding solution of a properly mixed Floralife Flower Food 300 or they can be dry stored or shipped.

Wholesaler/Retailer Recommendations

Buying Tips:

Ask: Has product been pretreated with an anti-ethylene product, such as EthylBloc or EthylGuard? What is the source of the product? What is the cultivar name? Has the product been stored dry or wet? Do not buy flowers which have leaf yellowing. Buy flowers which have 1 - 3 blooms open.

Processing:

Remove foliage below water level. Recut stems.

Pretreatment:

If the Alstroemeria have not been treated with an anti-ethylene product, treat them as soon as possible. Or if Alstroemeria have been treated with an anti-ethylene product, use one of Floralife’s Flower Food 300 products (see Holding Solution) to promote water uptake and hydration. This treatment will help increase bud opening and decrease flower wilting. It also keeps flower stems free flowing.

Holding Solution:

Use fresh flower food at the recommended rate: Use Flower Food 300, 200, Clear 200, or Clear ULTRA 200 storage and transport treatments, or depending on water test results, Special Blend 300 for Hard Water or for Pure Water.

To have water tested, send a plastic quart bottle of your water to:

Floralife  |  751 Thunderbolt Drive  |  Walterboro, SC 29488  |  Attn: Laboratory.

Hold flowers at room temperature for 1 - 2 hours (2 - 4 hours if flowers are limp or exhibiting bent neck) prior to storage in cooler or designing. As a finishing touch to any floral design, spray Finishing Touch hydration and protection spray over entire project.

Storage:

Place Alstroemeria in a 34 - 38˚ F cooler with 80 - 90% humidity.

 

Cleaning:

Use D.CD.® Cleaner to clean buckets, vases, coolers, etc. D.CD.® is specifically formulated to kill microbes over an extended period.

Customer Satisfaction:

Always give a packet of a Floralife Flower Food with your designs. One liter packets treat one quart of water.

Troubleshooting:

Problem Reason/Solution
Yellowing foliage Can be due to variety selection, grower practice or improper storage. Grow or purchase those that do not turn yellow as easily. May be due to ethylene exposure. Treat with an anti-ethylene product, such as EthylBloc.

Buds fail to open

Product may have been stored too long, improperly kept out of solution for an extended period or exposed to ethylene. Make sure an anti-ethylene pretreatment is used; check on storage conditions; make sure a Floralife Flower Food is used.

Abscission (flower fall), translucent flowers and petals

Make sure an anti-ethylene pretreatment is performed and that one of Floralife’s Flower Foods is used. Change varieties if problem continues.

Do not know if flowers were treated with an anti-ethylene product and / or treated properly

Use the “Apple Test”* to check for proper anti-ethylene treatment.

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