Alstroemeria, the "Peruvian Lily", is a long lasting cut flower with a vase life of about 2 weeks. Clusters of 4 to 5 lily-like, fragrance-free, flowers top each long stem. They are a staple used in most bouquets as a symbol of wealth, prosperity and fortune, and the flower of friendship.
Tips from our floral experts
Alstroemeria must be treated for premature yellowing of its foliage. Stem joints break easily, so handle them gently. Upon receipt, unpack them immediately, trim about 1 inch from the stem ends with a diagonal cut, and place them in a vase with lukewarm water and a low sugar flower preservation. Change the water and preservation in your vase every four or five days. Also, cut the stem ends again and remove all spent flowers and yellowing leaves. Keep Alstroemeria in a cool place, away from drafts and direct sunlight.