Alstroemeria (Alstroemeria spp.) , also commonly called Peruvian lily, parrot lily or lily-of-the-Incas, can grow as a perennial in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7 through 11, despite the fact that it’s kept as a container plant across a much broader range. Alstroemeria is prized because of its attractive, vibrant blooms, which are often used in cut flower arrangements. This plant is propagated asexually by dividing rhizomes or sexually utilizing seed; where pollinators are lacking, as is generally the case on indoor specimens, or if you wish to selectively breed plants, hand pollination is required.

Find blooms on the selected alstroemeria plant that are open and have loose pollen. Pollen is located on anthers supported by long, thin filaments. Combined, these parts are called the stamen; every alstroemeria flower has six. Catch your finger gently into an anther to find out whether a small quantity of pollen sticks to a finger, meaning that the pollen is ready for transfer.

Catch the tip of a cotton swab into the anthers on the plant to collect as much pollen as possible and bring the pollen-laden swab into the plant you may pollinate.

Brush the pollen-laden swab tip gently onto receptive stigmas in blossoms on the chosen specimen. Each flower has one stigma rising from the center of the flower. When the stigma is ready to receive pollen, it seems shiny and is sticky. There ought to be pollen grains visible on the stigma after you touch it using the pollen swab.

Duplicate the transfer of pollen from one plant to another everyday till flowering has ended.

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