The Q&A Archives: Eucomis Sparkling Burgundy-pineapple Lily

Question: What is the hardiness of this plant in zone 6?
Does the bulb have to be stored in the winter
or can the bulb stay in the ground? Does this
plant spread or will it grow only where it is planted?

Answer: This plant is a tender perennial in that it is hardy in zone 8 or warmer. You could grow it in a container year round (place several in a good sized pot, plant so barely covered or the neck is at the surface) or you could plant it in the garden each spring (plant about six inches deep a foot apart) and then dig and store it for the winter. These bulbs need a rich, organic, yet well-drained soil. They need ample moisture when growing and then a dry period when dormant. Eucomis will increase slowly by offsets and these can be easily separated each spring if grown in a container. In the ground it may eventually ove the years spread to form a small colony but it is a slow grower and may even take several years to bloom.

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