Eucomis autumnalis also commonly known as the pineapple plant because of the arrangement of leaves on the top of the flower. This is a late flowering variety and eucomis autumnalis has white flower spikes, which then produce white seed heads. They are not deemed to be hardy over winter so need to be kept away from the cold indoors, I have however for many years left them in the garden to flower the following year by giving them a good mulching before the winter sets in. Eucomis are also very good for growing in containers.
AGM=Award Garden Merit given by the RHS.
Plant Indoors: They are at their best when grown outside.
Plant outside: They prefer a light well-drained soil. In heavy soils, just add grit and sand to lighten it up. Cultivate soils to a depth of 20cms and add some well rotted manure or granular fertiliser to the soil when cultivating. Plant them 10cms below the soil surface. Cover with soil and firm around bulbs to keep them in place. Leave to establish for a few years and protect from winter frosts by covering them in a couple of inches of mulch over winter. Can be left to naturalise for a number of years, regularly feed during the growing season with foods such as well rotted manures, Tomato feed and bone meal will provide food for continued flowering.
Ensure soils do not dry out in the first year whilst they are establishing.
We suggest companion planting with crocosmia and later flowering lilies.
Height: 9-12″ (22-30cm)
Flowering period: September to October
Soil type: Free draining soils that are humus rich.
Aspect: Shade to Semi shade
Planting distance: 25cms
Planting depth: 10cms.
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