Video: Alstroemeria: Transformation From Cinderella To Princess
For 200 years, the beauty of this graceful flower could only be enjoyed in the botanical gardens of Europe: alstroemeria was rarely used as cut plants. Not surprisingly, now that the Inca lily has won recognition from florists and consumers throughout Europe as a decorative cut crop, it has become the main decoration and the undoubted trend of this winter.
Alstroemeria, which originated in the wild in Peru, Brazil and Chile, quickly gained widespread popularity in Europe for its unusual color, large flowers, long and strong stems, surprisingly long flowering period and persistence when cut.
The popularity of this sophisticated flower among Russian consumers is growing every year. This is facilitated, first of all, by the fact that Dutch exporters offer many shades and types of this amazing plant, and given the fact that alstroemeria is grown in Europe all year round, this flower can be supplied at any time of the year. In addition, the flowers are larger and the colors are more varied.
So for the Russian flower market, alstroemeria was a pleasant surprise, because when buying such a bouquet of green buds, in a few days the buyer will be really surprised by the bright colors of flowers blooming in the warmth. And after the purchase, the alstroemeria will delight the eye with Latin American flavor for another two weeks.
Alstroemeria is available in many varieties and colors. The color range of these elegant plants is striking: white, red, orange, pink, yellow and purple, there are even two-tone options.
This plant has a very unusual history. In 1753, the Swedish young scientist Claes Alstremer received as at the seeds of an outlandish plant, which were delivered to Spain by a ship returning from South America, and sent to his homeland with his friend, the great scientist Karl Linnaeus. The scientist was so worried about the new species that in the cold weather he kept a box of seedlings in his bedroom. Some time later, when pink flowers blossomed on the plant, Linnaeus described it and named it after his young friend. Thus, a new exotic South American plant with the outlandish name Alstroemeria pelegrina appeared in European plant growing and botanical nomenclature. And Klas Alstremer eventually became an excellent naturalist, and later received the baronial title for his merits.
Probably, it is alstroemeria that will allow you to create the most cheerful bouquets that will fill any home with the sun and an extraordinary atmosphere of fun even on the most cloudy days. In addition, these delicate but showy flowers will delight both a young lady and a stately lady.
Florists appreciate alstroemeria for its ability to adequately act both as an addition to a bouquet and as independent compositions. It is not difficult to return to yourself on a rainy autumn day all the colors of summer, having made your own bouquet of alstroemeria, which will revive any interior, perfectly complementing a stylish tall vase.
So, 200 years after arriving in Europe, alstroemeria from Cinderella suddenly turned into a princess, becoming an elegant and popular decorative culture and successfully competing with carnations and chrysanthemums.
Based on materials from Fleishman-Hillard Vanguard Agency