Ball SB Company

Alstroemeria

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A South American native , Alstroemeria has found in the Dutch Scientist the long needed breeding improvements required to become a first class flower in the increasingly growing bouquet market . With its vibrant and solid colors and the great assortment, the varieties bred by the Wulfinghoff family are recognized by being extremely productive , which gives the growers and the final consumer a great advantage at the moment of calculating their gains.

Crop Time: From transplant it takes 18 weeks to start production.

Planting Density: 3 plants/sq-m net.

Pre-planting: 
-Soil: Well drained soil,loose soil with no clusters, at least 25 cm (10 in) deep.
-p.H: 5.8 to 6.3.
-EC: 0.5 to 0.8.
-Netting: 3 Levels 

Pinch
Not recommended.

Plant formation
It is very important to allow the plant to establish at first. Remove frequently any thin or blind stems by pulling them off the plant to stimulate growth and allow ventilation. Be careful not to remove too many stems. When stems are reaching the second net level, select good stems to reach the third level and harvest.

Irrigation
Begin production with overhead irrigation then switch to drip irrigation one week after transplant. Keep at field capacity according to weather conditions. Keep moisture but do not overwater. Allow to dry slightly between waterings.

Fertilization
Begin fertilization 2 weeks after planting.
Keep Nitrogen and Potassium at the recommended levels, and avoid high salt levels in the substrate.
Nitrogen: 120-150 ppm.
Potassium: 250-300 ppm.

Harvest
Harvest when flower buds are just starting to open, when petals are beginning to get separated.  For harvesting, stems are pulled off firmly from the base of the plant to stimulate stem regrowth.

Post harvest
Place stems immediately after harvesting in a STS solution for 2 hours. Continue with a bactericide solution for at least 12 hours before cooling. Use a floral preservative to increase vase life.

Pests & Diseases 
-Slugs
-Thrips sp

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