Alstroemeria 'Toffee'

danty(z9CA)July 3, 2011

I have been building a collection of Alstroemeria for many years now.

I'm always on the lookout for striking colors.

I spotted this one growing in front of a house in a neighboring town last year.

When I knocked on the door to ask if I could take a division the owner said sure -- I have never been turned down by anyone.

I had to come back in the Winter.

The divisions I took rooted just fine.

From a distance the color is a soft, glowing toffee color -- hence the name I gave it.

Up close the colors are more complex with streaks of pink, gold and yellow flecked with black.

Here is a link that might be useful:

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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Lovely colors on it. You scored! We wouldn't mind seeing more photos of your wonderful collection, danty.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 2:42PM
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I just LOVE these, and have several. I'm starting to root more, and never thought to ask others for cuttings!

- angela

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 4:54PM
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I like that color.I only have pink and purple.However there's a house near my GS'S school that has what looks like close to the color of yours.I keep meaning to stop and ask as well,but they have big dogs,so i'm scared to get near their fence.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 9:34PM
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Kathi -- you should go for it.
Just go to the front door and tell the owner you want a small division.
They will be flattered most likely.

As I said, I have never been turned down.

That is how I have gotten half of the colors I have.

You need to dig down and get a clump of roots.

Actually, now isn't the best time of year to take divisions.
Wait until the cool weather of Fall -- November or later.


    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 9:49PM
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Here are a few more photos of Inca Lilies I grow.
The white one is called Casablanca -- it is close to being my favorite.

It took quite a bit of time for me to learn how to grow these plants.
At first things went very poorly.
The roots are brittle and the plants need care when they are new.
But after they get settled in watch out -- they clump out fast.

In fact the tall florists types (the main ones I grow) can be pretty aggressive in the garden.
I've long made it a routine to plant them in a 15-gallon nursery can with the bottom cut out -- then sunk in the planting hole.
It keeps the plant in bounds.


Here is a link that might be useful: Photobucket: Alstroemeria album

    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 12:19AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Casablanca is so beautiful. I may have to get it. I love your idea of how to keep them in bounds. I have one that has invaded the roots of a nearby rose, and I can't get it out of there without damaging the rose.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 8:28PM
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