Planting Peruvian Lilies

Peruvian Lilies are lovely flowering perennials that add height and bold color to a bed or border. These plants, also known as Alstroemeria, hail from South America and are not true lilies, but the blooms resemble lilies. Peruvian Lily plants boast long-lasting flowers and are easy to grow. Following basic care tips, you can enjoy healthy plants with abundant blooms.


What You Need To Plant Peruvian Lilies

  • Shovel
  • Compost or manure
  • Garden spade
  • Good location
  • Water source
  • Mulch

Where to Plant Peruvian Lilies

Peruvian Lilies love light, so plant this flowering perennial in an area that receives bright sunlight. At least 6 hours of daylight are necessary for this plant to set blooms and thrive. Choose a location with morning sun and afternoon shade in a warm climate. The soil should be rich, slightly acidic, and well-drained. Amend the soil with organic compost when planting for best results. Plant the tuberous roots about 6 inches deep.


Peruvian Lily Spacing

This plant is a vigorous grower, and Peruvian Lilies can take over a bed when planted in a good location with proper care. Space plants 12 inches apart, and they will quickly fill in the space and create a full, flowering bed. Peruvian Lily plants can spread 1 to 2 feet across, depending on the cultivar. Remove underperforming stems to give younger flowers a chance to thrive. 

Steps To Plant Peruvian Lilies

Choose a good location that receives plenty of sunlight and is not prone to flooding. Dig a hole deeper than necessary so that you can prepare the soil. Mix compost or manure into the ground to support plant growth. 

Position the tuberous root in the hole and add soil to the hole. Firmly press the soil into place and saturate it with water. Continue to water each week. Peruvian Lilies need about one inch of water per week, but they may need more during a dry spell.

Step 1 - Select a good location

Step 2 - Dig an 8- to 10-inch deep hole

Step 3 - Amend the soil with organic compost or manure

Step 4 - Place the tuberous roots 6 inches deep

Step 5 - Replace soil and press into place

Step 6 - Water thoroughly

When To Plant Peruvian Lilies

Plant Peruvian Lilies in the spring, early summer, or fall. This plant thrives in warm climates but avoid planting in summer when the temperature soars. Fall is the best time to plant Peruvian Lilies because the plants will be acclimated to the site and ready to grow in spring. Spring and early summer plantings may need time to acclimate and can result in a less-than-stellar first growing season. Plant in the morning or evening when the temperature is cool. 

Transplanting Peruvian Lilies

Divide the tubers every few years or when the plants are crowded. Plants can be divided in the spring when they are at their strongest and actively growing. Relocate the tubers to a new spot in your landscape, or gift them to a friend. 

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Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 01-26-2023