Also known as the Peruvian Lily or Lily of The Incas, (or simply 'alstro' in the floristry trade), alstroemeria, was named for the Swedish Baron Clas Alstromer by his associate Carolus Linnaeus. Alstroemeria is commonly miss-spelt 'alstroemaria' & 'alstromaria'. The flower is referred to as the Peruvian Lily as it resembles a miniature lily. (Alstoemeria is not a lily though). An unusual botanical fact about alstroemeria is that the leaves are 'resupinate' - meaning that they twist from the bottom, so what appears to be the upper leaf is in fact the lower leaf area.
Alstroemeria is a very popular wholesale flower in the floristry industry and widely used in bouquets, arrangements and wedding flowers, as the cost per stem is relatively low and the flowers are bold and striking. Alstroemeria is available all year round these days and is grown in many countries. The best quality alstroemeria is English grown - florists prefer it because of the long bracts and strong stems. English alstroemeria is closely followed in quality by Colombian and Ecuadorian grown alstro. Dutch grown alstroemeria is generally regarded as bottom grade, (although it has improved over the last few years), but is available in what ever variety is required at the drop of a hat. Dutch grown alstroemeria is cut in tight bud, so time has to be allowed for the flower buds to open.
English alstroemeria is wholesaled in wraps of 5 stems, Colombain & Ecuadorian in 5's or 10's, depending on which farm it comes from, and Dutch grown is always wholesaled in wraps of 10 stems. Stem lengths range from 60cm - 80cm depending on the country of origin and grade.
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To get the best from your wholesale cut alstroemeria please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water and add flower food.
- Place the alstroemeria in the buckets.
- Leave over night to condition before using.