Anyone who is passionate about flowers, most likely knows Astromelia. This beautiful and exotic plant has colorful petals and small spots that resemble an animal print.
And even though it is widely used as a cut flower, Astromelia can also be grown in pots and gardens.
In today’s post you will discover tips, inspirations and information on how to care for Astromelia. Check out.
Characteristics of Astromelia
Despite being known by the name of Peruvian Lily, Astromelia is neither a Lily nor a native of Peru.
This flower belongs to the family of Alstroemeriaceae, while the lilies belong to the family of Liliaceae.
Astromélia’s place of origin also does not live up to its name, because the plant is originally found in Brazil and Chile, although it also develops in other South American countries.
Astromelia is a small plant, measuring no more than 40 centimeters in height. But it does not go unnoticed. On the contrary.
Astromelia flowers are extremely decorative with a rich range of colors and combinations. They can be pink, white, orange, red, yellow, purple, in addition to having central petals in shades of yellow dotted with small reddish-brown spots.
This whole show of colors is an artifice of nature to guarantee the visit of pollinating insects. So, already know that Astromelia is a decoy for bees and butterflies. Not bad, is it?
Meaning of Astromelia
Wherever she goes, Astromélia exudes joy, happiness and good humor. Astromelia is also known as the flower of friendship, so it is great for gifting friends.
Astromelia flowers also symbolize respect, understanding, empathy, patience and commitment.
The meaning of Astromelia can also vary depending on the color. The red Astromelia, for example, symbolizes passion, while the white one expresses innocence and purity, while the yellow Astromelia means friendship.
How to Use Astromelia in Landscaping
Astromelia can be used in the landscape composition of gardens and outdoor areas and is planted directly in the soil.
Because it is a short stature flower, it is recommended to always plant it in front of the tallest species.
However, it should not receive many hours of direct sunlight, as its leaves and flowers can end up burning. The intense cold is another enemy of Astromelia. For this reason it is important to protect it from frost and harsh winters.
How to use Astromelia in decoration
The most popular way to use Astromelia is as a cut flower in pots. It can be used both to decorate the interior of houses, as businesses and, mainly, parties and events.
Astromelia is the second most popular flower for party decoration, second only to roses.
With it it is possible to create arrangements of the most varied, from table to aerial and suspended. Astromelia is also perfect for bouquets (including brides).
As a cut flower, Astromelia requires some care, even though it is a durable flower. The main one is to avoid exposing the flower to the sun and protect it from the cold.
A ventilated and lit place is the best place for Astromélia’s flower pot.
Another important tip is to cut the flower stem diagonally every two or three days or so. This helps the flower last longer in the vase. Also remember to regularly change the water in the pot.
And if you want to prolong Astromélia’s life even more, it is worth adding a preservative to the water. This type of preservative can be found in garden centers and plant stores.
How to plant Astromelia
Astromelia is not widely used in vases, but it is still an option. To plant Astromelia you will first need a seedling.
The best place to buy an Astromèlia seedling is at garden stores and Garden center stores.
With the seedling in hand, prepare the soil. If planting in the garden, it is recommended to dig a hole slightly larger than the size of the plant’s root ball.
The soil must be fertilized and padded to receive the Astromelia seedling. Then insert the plant and cover with the rest of the soil. Press a little to firm Astromelia and that’s it!
Then just take care of her properly.
The procedure for planting Astromelia in the pot is very similar. A very large pot is not necessary, as the plant grows little. The important thing is to guarantee a well-fertilized soil.
How to care for Astromelia
Astromelia needs the sun to develop its flowers. So it is not recommended to grow it indoors.
However, keep the plant out of the sun at the hottest times of the day. Astromelia prefers the mild morning and late afternoon sun.
Watering must be controlled, as the plant does not tolerate excess moisture. The ideal is to always touch the ground before watering. If it is still humid wait a little longer, but if you feel the dry land you can water.
Avoid watering the flowers and leaves of Astromelia, as the plant can develop fungi because of the humidity.
Astromelia blooms generally in the summer months (for Brazilian species) and winter months (for Chilean species).
To ensure abundant flowering, fertilize Astromelia once a month. You can use organic fertilizer, such as worm humus, bokashi, for example, or chemical fertilizers, such as NPK 10-10-10. However, in garden stores it is possible to find fertilizers suitable for flowering plants.
Check out below 30 ideas on how to use Astromelia in the decoration and take this beautiful flower to your home today.
Picture 1 – Simple arrangement of pink and lilac Astromelia. You can do it by improvising a recyclable pot.
Picture 2 – Look what a great idea for a party: napkin ring decorated with white astromelia.
Picture 3 – Arrangement of astromélias super colorful to brighten the entrance hall.
Image 4 – Astromélias and peonies in a hot and vibrant arrangement.
Image 5 – Red astromelia for the decoration of the table set.
Picture 6 – How about a heart garland decorated with astromelia and peonies?
Image 7 – Take relaxation and life to your workplace with the arrangement of astromelia.
Picture 8 – Delicate arrangement of pink astromelia to decorate the edge of the bed.
Picture 9 – Astromélias in the garden: a path of delicate and perfumed flowers.
Picture 10 – Astromélias planted in the vase guarantee an extra charm to the decoration.
Image 11 – The more colorful, the better! This vase of astromelia forms a beautiful gradient of colors.
Picture 12 – Bridal bouquet of Astromélias and peonies: cheerful and romantic.
Image 13 – Astromélias for decoration of the party. Use glass and jute pots to ensure a rustic look to the ornament.
Picture 14 – Decorate your home with flowers and spread color and joy!
Image 15 – Even in the picture, Astromélia is beautiful and super decorative.
Image 16 – Astromelia and orchids form an exotic and colorful corner here.
Image 17 – Astromélia also performs very well in elegant and sophisticated decorations.
Picture 18 – What do you think of an arrangement of astromelia for Easter decoration?
Image 19 – White astromelia to inspire tranquility, calm and purity.
Image 20 – Yellow Astromelia is a show of energy and good humor.
Image 21 – Astromélias in watercolor.
Image 22 – Receptivity is the watchword for astromelia vessels.
Image 23 – A colorful arrangement of Astromélias removes any decoration from neutrality.
Picture 24 – How about an Astromelia curtain?
Picture 25 – Unpretentious, these astromelia are the highlight of the environment
Picture 26 – A grandiose flower arrangement, literally!
Image 27 – That flowery detail capable of changing the mood of any environment.
Image 28 – Pink astromelia to decorate the coffee table. An inspiration that always works.
Image 29 – Astromelia on the groom’s lapel, probably matching the bride’s bouquet.
Picture 30 – Simple and delicate arrangement of Astromélias, but that does not lose anything in elegance and sophistication.