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I bought 'alstroemeria mauve majesty' last year and absolutely loved it. This year it has just flowered and the flowers are a totally different colour. Instead of the lovely pale mauve they have appeared maroon (still nice). They appear to have reverted, and I wonder if anyone else has had this experience with alstroemerias. Also, two of the three plants have have had the new shoots eaten to ground level. I see that lily beetle is a pest on these plants, but I suspect mice (caught 18 last week). Anyone else any thoughts on this.


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According to the RHS, Lily Beetle does not attack or damage Alstroemeria - they stick to the Liliaceae family, which means Lilies, fritillaries and Cardiocrinium. Alstroemeria is not a lily at all, and is not part of the Lily family, so although you may occasionally see a beetle on there, it's not a food plant for their larvae.
Slugs and snails may decimate plants in a bad year (and it is a bad year) and swift moth larvae may eat the roots.

11 Jul, 2012

 

Don't know about them changing colour, but they sound lovely, where did you get them? Have you put a pic on the site?

12 Jul, 2012

 

Thanks for the information on Lily beetle. I now won't have to buy suitable pesticide. I am almost certain that it's mouse damage so I'll have to press on with that battle.

I'm afraid I didn't take photos last year, but I bought three plug plants on ebay (£14.50) from futureprimitiveplants. I see they still have some for sale and there is a photo with them there. Last year they made quite big plants and flowered the same year. The flowers are not as showy as most varieties but the plant is covered with them and they are superb - make great cut flowers. Hope you like them

12 Jul, 2012

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