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Alstroemeria are often to be found in the florist's shop, particularly the long stemmed varieties, as they are undoubtedly rather glamorous flowers, as the common name Peruvian lily suggests. Dandy Candy is a dwarf variety but still a bit of a showstopper, producing trumpet shaped flowers in shades of red to rosy pink, some pink and white, with creamy yellow throats and splashed with dark flecks. Actually, the show doesn't really stop, as flowering is pretty continuous from early summer through to autumn. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 15 in. 1 litre pot.

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The common name Peruvian lily rather gives away the fact that Alstroemeria are native to South America where they grow in grassland and more rocky mountain slopes. They have thick tuberous roots so decent drainage is important to avoid the danger of waterlogging and rotting in the winter. Given that, Alstroemerias are generally hardier than their exotic appearance would suggest, and Dandy Candy is a particularly reliable variety.

Depending on how cold it is in winter, Alstroemeria may remain semi-evergreen or die back completely. If the latter is true, you can remove any messy old foliage before spring kicks in. In terms of care, there not much else required to keep your plant happy. We like Dandy Candy because it stays compact and it won't need any staking, unlike some of the taller varieties which can require some support.

There is a trick to deadheading an established Alstroemeria plant, which is explained in this video (look out for the rather nice Tetrapanax behind the alstroemeria border!):

Alstroemeria Dandy Candy is a hardy perennial with red, pink and white trumpet shaped flowers with flecked yellow throats suitable for sun or semi-shade.

  • Height 15 in
  • Spread 12 in
  • Aspect Sun or semi-shade
  • Soil type Any reasonable soil
  • Packing weight 0.75 kg

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ALSTROEMERIA DANDY CANDY

ALSTROEMERIA DANDY CANDY

Alstroemeria are often to be found in the florist's shop, particularly the long stemmed varieties, as they are undoubtedly rather glamorous flowers, as the common name Peruvian lily suggests. Dandy Candy is a dwarf variety but still a bit of a showstopper, producing trumpet shaped flowers in shades of red to rosy pink, some pink and white, with creamy yellow throats and splashed with dark flecks. Actually, the show doesn't really stop, as flowering is pretty continuous from early summer through to autumn. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 15 in. 1 litre pot.

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