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Flower Spotlight: Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lilies)

written by Marina Strong February 21, 2014

If I am going to be completely honest, Peruvian lilies have not been a favorite of mine…but they are starting to grow on me…and I can’t deny how versatile they are and how great of a filler they make! In the FiftyFlowers Boise office, the girls recently tested a big batch of Peruvian Lilies, aka Alstroemeria. They took pictures and basically put these flowers through the ringer…yes, we torture our flowers to make sure they last! And these flowers do!

Peruvian Lilies are also known as Alstroemerias and I see both names used almost interchangeably. They are said to represent fortune, friendship and devotion. Alstromeria flowers have semi heart-shaped blooms and a single stem has an average of 3 to 5 blooms, along with some great sword shaped greenery, making them a fabulous filler flower. Another great thing about these blooms is that they come in a huge selection of colors, including the rare Royal or Grape Purple. The blooms are often two-toned and freckled, giving them a bit more depth and interest. Peruvian Lilies are also one of the Best Blooms for your Buck!

Just take a look at the rainbow of colors we offer…

Rainbow Of Alstroemeria

Rainbow Of Alstroemeria

And there’s so much more at FiftyFlowers.com, so make sure to check out ALL our Peruvian Lilies!


Here are some Care Tips for your Wholesale Alstroemeria: (Then scroll down to see how our Brides have used their Peruvian Lilies!)

Bulk Peruvian Lily flowers are shipped directly from our farms. Before shipping your flowers, we prepare them for their journey with proper hydration methods. If your flowers appear sleepy and thirsty after their journey, it is absolutely NORMAL. Just follow these simple steps and the flowers will bloom delightfully.

  1. Remove flowers from box by cutting any straps. Do not remove the rubber bands holding the flowers together in a bunch.
  2. Fill containers with at least 4 inches of fresh, cool water.
  3. The Leaves will wilt before the flowers. Remove all foliage that will fall below the water line and make sure to remove additional foliage as it droops and discolors.
  4. Cut stems diagonally approximately an inch from the stem’s bottom edge. Do so under running water with sharp scissors or knife. This will create a fresh surface to absorb water.
  5. Immediately after cutting, place the stems in the prepared water.
  6. Allow flowers at least 8 hours to hydrate well. Peruvian Lilies may take up to 12 hours to properly hydrate.
  7. Keep flowers away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat.
  8. Change water every 24 hours to keep flowers fresh. This will keep the water from becoming contaminated with bacteria that blocks the flower’s availability to absorb water. Assure that your flowers have sufficient water. The flowers will drink an exceptionally large amount of water upon arrival.
  9. Enjoy your Flowers!


Check out how some of our DIY Brides, and other Brides, have used Peruvian Lilies…

Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria) Inspiration

Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria) Inspiration

{Sources: Purple and Blue Bridal Bouquet, Poppin Pink Bouquet, Succulent Orange Bridal Bouquet, White and Green Bouquets, White Alstroemeria Boutonniere, Vintage Pink Centerpieces, Monochromatic Purple Centerpiece.}


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