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Bonus points: eucomis are easy peasy and make excellent cut flowers. And for those in deer ravaged areas, eucomis are delightfully unappealing to deer. If you haven’t yet tried them, do yourself a favor and experiment this season.
Eucomis prefer full sun sites in most of the country, but do appreciate a bit of afternoon shade in the hottest regions. These plants thrive in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Most pineapple lilies grow 18-24” tall and about 15”in width. This makes them well suited to path and walkway edgings and fun accents in mixed borders. Eucomis also grow very well in containers.
Average, moderately fertile soil with medium amounts of moisture will support eucomis. Adding a slow release fertilizer when you plant can be helpful if your soil is a bit lean or if you’re planting in a container.
Plant eucomis bulbs outdoors when frost danger has past. To get a head start, plant indoors about a month before they can be moved outside. A sunny window will be fine for those first few weeks.
Plant with the points facing upwards. Dig holes and place the bulbs so 6” of soil cover them in garden locations (this deeper location provides a bit of extra protection in winter). Cover with 3” of soil in containers. In tightly planted container plantings, space four bulbs per square foot. In garden sites, space 12-15” apart. Water well to settle the soil around the bulbs.
Pineapple lilies are very easy to grow and require little care during the growing season. If you choose to cut flower spikes for bouquets, snip when the bottom quarter of the starry blossoms are about half open.
Light: Full sun to 3/4 day sun
Depth: Cover with 4" of soil
Water: Average moisture
Uses: Beds, borders, edges and containers
Tip: Super easy to grow and great for cutting
They Start Out looking Like This:
How Many Bulbs per Pot?
Standard Size Eucomis 16-18cm bulbs
|Pot size – 8"||Bulb - 1|
|Pot size – 10-12"||Bulb - 1|
|Pot size – 14"||Bulbs - 2|
Aloha Dwarf Varieties 18-20cm bulbs
|Pot size – 6"||Bulb - 1|
|Pot size – 8"||Bulbs - 2|
|Pot size – 10-12"||Bulbs - 2-3|
|Pot size – 14"||Bulbs - 3|
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