Inca Ice™ Alstroemeria
Alstroemeria Inca Ice™ 'KOIce'
Incredibly floriferous, this very dense, bushy Peruvian Lily covers itself with blooms in muted shades of apricot, pink, cream, and yellow, all spotted in russet-brown. From a distance, the blooms appear to be peach colored; upon closer inspection, a full palette of pastel hues is on display!
Bushy and well-branched, Inca Ice™ is an ultra-vigorous cultivar, part of the Inca® series of cold-hardy, floriferous Alstroemeria. Expect the plant to reach 2 to 3 feet high and fully 3 feet wide in the sunny garden, thriving even in dry or humid conditions.
Inca Ice™ begins blooming in early summer in most climates and continues nonstop all season. The flowers are held in umbels of up to 20, all beautifully pastel-toned and spotted in russet. Terrific for cutting, they last for many weeks in the garden and about 2 weeks in the vase.
Alstroemeria is the cut-flower lover's best friend, and we are delighted to bring this exceptional cultivar to your garden. Find a sunny, well-drained position and begin enjoying years of magnificent indoor arrangements and outdoor beauty! Zones 5-9.
Outdoors, in the far south, set bulbs 1 foot apart in a rich but light, well-drained but moisture-retentive soil, and in a location receiving partial shade. In zones 6-8, set out after danger of frost is past, planting 4 to 6 inches deep, and mulch well.
Indoors, plant in the autumn, using a suitable potting mixture and water sparingly until growth starts; then water amply throughout blooming season.
Water during periods of drought. We recommend a winter mulch in the northern spectrum of its hardiness zones. Farther north, after foliage has matured in fall, dig bulbs and store in damp sand or suitable material, to keep bulbs from drying out. Indoors, after blooming, taper off watering till foliage matures.
Keep plant in its pot and fairly dry until ready to begin the growth cycle again; or remove from soil, dry and store in a shallow container of damp sand until planting time.
Zones 5 (with protection) to 9
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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:
1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".
2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.
3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.
4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.