Discover three stylish ways to design with these long-lasting
beauties, and see which varieties your customers love the most.
With several buds on each stem, often in various stages of
development, Alstroemerias are ideal for use in bud
vases. Commonly known as Peruvian lilies, the flowers are
available in hundreds of varieties, affording designers a wide
range of colors with which to work.
The monobotanical arrangements shown here feature the
freckled beauty of Alstroemerias along with special
design treatments that add prominence to the blooms. Group
several of these designs in a display to show your customers the
many ways in which these glorious, long-lasting and affordable
flowers can be used. And to make sure you are selling the right
varieties, breeder Könst Alstroemeria B.V. of the
Netherlands identifies the most popular Alstroemerias
sold today. You’ll also find new selections that are gaining
Some of today’s trendiest floral designs comprise more than one
container. Here, two small vases, each filled with a combination
of pink ‘Petra’ Alstroemerias, create a single
composition inside a garden caddy. The Alstroemerias are
clipped at the lateral stems before being tucked into the vases.
profusion of freckled orange ‘Beatrice’ Alstroemerias is
hand gathered into a ball-shaped topiarylike form. The stems,
which are secured into floral foam, are stripped of foliage, but
a few leaves remain among the blossoms for a natural, treelike
appearance. Moss is tucked around the base to conceal the floral
foam. To create decorative appeal, and to hold the
Alstroemeria stems together, barked wire is loosely coiled
around the stems.
Short pieces of bear grass and bamboo, perhaps left over from
other design projects, are crisscrossed inside a glass vase to
create structural support for a simple grouping of pink ‘Lorena’
wide range of colors make them a good choice for nearly every
floral occasion. Here are some of the best-selling
Alstroemerias on the market today, according to Rob de
Boer of Könst Alstroemeria B.V. These are all
imported from Colombia, the No. 1 supplier of Alstroemerias
to the United States.
‘Könst X-treme®’, a new variety from Könst Alstroemeria B.V.,
took second place in the Horti Fair Innovation Awards 2009 in
Amsterdam in October. Rob de Boer of Könst says this
unique-looking flower, whose greenish-white blossoms have a
delicate touch of pink, lasts a week longer than standard
caring for alstroemerias
Before purchasing, make sure these ethylene-sensitive flowers
have been treated with an ethylene inhibitor at the grower or
wholesaler level or during transportation. Also insist that they
receive hormone treatments to prevent leaf yellowing.
Alstroemerias are known to cause allergic reactions on
the skin of some people. This can be avoided by wearing latex
gloves when processing and handling these flowers.
Unpack Alstroemerias promptly upon arrival; leave plastic
sleeves on to reduce bruising.
Remove any white portion of the stems with a sharp knife or
Dip or place the stems into a hydration solution.
the stems into a flower-food solution, and refrigerate at 33 F
to 35 F for at least two hours before designing with or selling