We specialise in growing and supplying alstroemeria plants to the public. Alstroemerias (sometimes called Peruvian Lilies) are very versatile plants and will grow in different situations. Tall alstroemerias are good for the back of the border or for allotment growing and will provide a continuous supply of cut flowers throughout the summer months. "Inca" alstroemerias are slightly shorter but will also give long enough stems for cut flowers, good for borders they will also thrive in large containers.
We specialise in growing and supplying alstroemeria plants to the public.
Alstroemerias (sometimes called Peruvian Lilies) are very versatile plants and will grow in different situations.
Tall alstroemerias are good for the back of the border or for allotment growing and will provide a continuous supply of cut flowers throughout the summer months.
'Inca' alstroemerias are slightly shorter but will also give long enough stems for cut flowers, good for borders they will also thrive in large containers.
Shorter varieties such as 'Princess' alstroemeria (sometimes called Princess Lilies), 'Inticancha' alstroemeria and 'Little Miss' alstroemeria, are ideal for the front of the border, or for growing in patio containers.
All varieties will flower from may through to the first frosts of autumn and will benefit from the use of a free draining medium.
Myself and my wife Linda like to provide friendly service for our customers hence our continued presence at flower shows throughout the country and we will not hesitate to give advice when asked.
Any alstroemeria plants we sell at shows or via mail order will be accompanied by full growing instructions.
Some companies sell loose alstroemeria roots (rhizomes), we never do this as the results can be unpredictable, our plants are well rooted in 9cm pots, the result of micro propagation, and as such normally travel well and race away when planted.
The alstroemeria plants we sell are named hybrid alstroemeria, the result of very selective breeding and not ligtu hybrids which are inferior seed raised types.
Due to location, the current nursery is not open to the public but people can collect plants from us by prior arrangement, we can also bring plants for collection to any show we are attending.
The Nursery was started by my father Philip Tivey in 1956
My father grew many different things including salad crops but was always drawn to flower crops. He eventually concentrated on dahlias and chrysanthemums, and doing floristry locally.
I (Chris Tivey) joined the business in 1967 with an ordinary national diploma in commercial horticulture.
At this time we started to exhibit at city flower shows and agricultural shows in the horticultural sections. We were awarded many Gold medals and best in show awards for our exhibits, and consequently began to supply many thousands of plants each year by mail order throughout the country.
In 1982 we exhibited at Royal Horticultural Society shows and in 1983 did our first Chelsea display which was the first of 21 continuous years of exhibits there. During that time we were awarded two gold and many silver gilt awards.
In 1998 we were awarded the Williams memorial medal for the best exhibit of a single genus at any RHS show in that year.
In 2003 we changed direction due to the decline in demand for our products, my father retired and the business was relocated and myself and my wife Linda began to specialise in alstroemerias.
After a short spell under the wing of Peter Smith (who sadly passed away) the countries leading expert in alstroemeria at the time particularly the Princess Lily range, we again became independent and were able to offer Alstroemeria varieties from many different breeding programs and can normally make available any new variety of alstroemeria that comes on to the market.