Alstroemeria is a long-lasting filler flower that adds texture, color, and will complete your next floral design! The petite lily-shaped bloom is perfect for complementing larger blooms in an arrangement or can stand alone with its ombré-colored petals that are detailed with intriguing spots and streaks bursting from its center. This flower is native to South America where it is also known as the Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas. Now cultivated year-round the cheery alstroemeria is available in a variety of colors that include vivid red, rich purple, vibrant yellow, as well as softer shades of pink and white. Here are a few tips on how to help your blooms flourish for as long as possible!
- Trim and Hydrate: Using sharp scissors or clippers snip at least an inch off of each stem, be sure to trim at an angle to encourage maximum rehydration. Place the trimmed stems in cool water right away and give them some time to drink it in.
- Stem Preparation: The long stiff stems of the Alstroemeria are teeming with long slender leaves. Be sure to remove any leaves that might fall below the water line in your vase, this will help to keep the water as fresh as possible and make your job easier!
- Wait and Watch: It is a good idea to let any fresh-cut flowers hydrate for several hours or even a day or two. This will encourage a sturdier stem and more of the buds to blossom.
- Arrange and Maintain: Now is the time to have some fun! Whether you plan to keep it simple by letting the alstroemeria stand alone or are incorporating them into a floral design, just give each stem a fresh snip, remember to cut at any angle! Place the arrangement in cool fresh water and enjoy! It is important to keep the water clean and clear to extend the vase life of any flower. Changing it every day or two is a good idea and while you’re at it a fresh snip will keep them vibrant and standing tall!