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. Alstroemaria are members of the Amaryllidaceae family and are related to the onion, daffodil, agapanthus and nerine. They were brought to Europe in the 18th century and are now grown internationally.
Alstroemaria is a South American genus of about 120 species, and almost all of the species are restricted to two regions; one in central Chile, the other in eastern Brazil. Propagation: Pests & Diseases:
'Inticancha' is one of these hybrids which, because of its compact growth habit and long flowering season, is perfect for terraces and patios and will grow easily in containers of all kinds. It also makes a beautiful border plant in the garden and an excellent groundcover if planted closely together. Compact hybrids grow +-20 to 40cm tall, and the taller varieties vary in height from +-60 to 90cm.
Inca lilies are easy to grow herbaceous perennials which can be planted throughout the country. In cold regions they will go dormant in winter and the roots are hardy to a temperature of -5°C. In very cold winter regions mulch the roots thickly to protect them from freezing.
Incas thrive in the summer rainfall regions of South Africa but will grow in the winter rainfall regions if they can be watered regularly in summer. They thrive in full sun but in very hot regions, they will appreciate a bit of midday or afternoon shade. Watch out for slugs, snails and aphids.
In very humid regions they are susceptible to fungal diseases. Additional Info 'Inticancha' Purple. ZaInca lilies prefer a rich slightly acid to acid soil which is well drained; but they are very adaptable and will grow in most garden soils, even well-draining clay and sandy soils, if the beds are well prepared before planting.
If your soil is not acidic, dig acid compost into the beds. Fertilise monthly during summer with a liquid or granular fertiliser for flowering plants. Dead flower stems can be removed by 'pulling' them carefully from the bottom of the plant; the 'wound' caused will help to initiate the next flowers.
Propagation is by division of the clumps. ZaIn the Garden: Gardening in South Africa will also guide you on how to plant vegetables, herbs and other yummy things to enhance a healthy diet.
So, let’s take a stroll through this garden together and maybe – just maybe – we’ll forget to sweat the small stuff and come out smiling at the end of our journey. Inca lily hybrids produce large clusters of azalea-like flowers in bright orange, yellow and golden yellow, various shades of pink, as well as lilac, rose, white, or red. Most hybrids will flower throughout summer and well into autumn, providing cut flowers for the vase.
When collecting for the vase it is best to twist or tug the flowering stem gently off the rhizome instead of cutting it out, because this encourages more stems to develop. All are long-lived perennials; and the species from Chile are winter-growing plants while those of Brazil are summer-growing. Many hybrids and cultivars have been developed, and the most popular hybrids commonly grown today result from crosses between species from Chile with species from Brazil.
This strategy has overcome the problem of seasonal dormancy and resulted in plants that are evergreen, or nearly so; and which flower for most of the year. Description, History & Interesting Facts: These versatile plants can be grown in containers or mixed flower beds; producing large clusters of azalea like flowers in bright orange, yellow and golden yellow; various shades of pink; as well as lilac, white, or red. Most hybrids will flower throughout summer and well into autumn.
Compact hybrids are available which grow +-20 to 40cm tall, making them great to plant in pots; taller varieties vary in height from +-60 to 90cm tall. Inca lilies are easy to grow herbaceous perennials which can be planted throughout the country. In cold regions they will go dormant in winter.
They thrive in the summer rainfall regions but will grow in the winter rainfall regions if they can be watered regularly in summer. They love full sun but in very hot regions, will appreciate a bit of midday or afternoon shade. 'Orange King'Condensed Version: Welcome to Gardening in South Africa! 'Pixie Rose'Full Version:
I couldn’t agree more and I have dedicated 40 years of my life to do justice to Emerson’s brilliant words of wisdom and this website is the culmination of a lifelong study of all things growing. Inca lilies spread with a rootstock consisting of groups of slender rhizomes with sausage-like water storing structures, rather like Dahlia tubers. They spread to form large clumps and will take a while to establish, but once they are established they will develop rapidly, so be careful where you plant them.
Try to avoid disturbing the established clumps for at least 2 to 3 years, after which they can be divided in autumn if necessary. Ensure that you plant at the correct depth; if you are planting a loose rhizome it should be planted about 10cm under the surface of the soil, and if you are planting out of a nursery bag ensure that the soil level around the plant is at the same level as the soil in the bed. When dividing clumps each division must have a minimum of 5 or 6 buds, which will develop the new plant.
More in this category: « Marguerite Daisy - Argyranthemum frutescens Coopers Aloe - Aloe Cooperi » Pot Alstroemeria 'Inticancha' is one of the new compact, free flowering hybrids plants which has specifically been bred for containers. It is native to the cold and harsh mountainous regions of the Andes; and 'Inticantha' means "Temple of the Sun'. It has a shorter and denser growth habit than the traditional varieties of Inca lily, and produces brightly coloured, almost orchid like flowers from spring to autumn; in exciting shades of red, white, yellow, pink and purple.
It grows +-30 to 45cm tall with an equal spread, and if it is grown in a container will prefer a spot in the garden which is shaded at midday and during the hottest hours of the afternoon. Container plants may require daily watering, and a monthly feed with a liquid fertiliser.