Bulbs forum: Non blooming Eucomis

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Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Sep 29, 2015 9:19 PM CST
I have 2 varieties of Eucomis, Sparkling Burgundy and another green leaved variety I don't recall the name of. I've had these bulbs for approx 6 -7 years; they have not bloomed for several years now. I grow them in containers and have them outside on my sunny patio for the summer months. Last year after they failed to bloom, I brought them in when frost was imminent and tried growing them under grow lights for some time to see if they would bloom but no luck. I then let them go dormant for the winter. This year I repotted them in larger containers, gave them all new soil, made sure they had lots of sun, etc. but all I got again was leaves. What am I doing wrong?
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jmorth
Sep 29, 2015 10:06 PM CST
I let them get crowded in the containers they're in, fertilize a few times in summer and overwinter dry in the basement. They've been blooming for years.
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gemini_sage
Sep 30, 2015 7:55 AM CST
I treat them the same as jmorth describes and also get reliable bloom. I did purchase some last year from 2 vendors (6 bulbs from one, and 1 bulb from the other), and oddly none of them bloomed the first year, but all of them bloomed this year. I grow them where they receive about 1/2 a day of direct sun. I use a soluble fertilizer for blooming plants on them.
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Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Sep 30, 2015 8:14 AM CST
Thank you for your replies. Other than repotting them this spring I have been caring for them pretty much the same as you both describe. I hope they will bloom for me next year!
Name: tarev
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tarev
Sep 30, 2015 2:09 PM CST
I only grow the Dwarf Eucomis 'Tiny Piny Opal'

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They grow in that little fabric container. During late Spring to early Summer they are out in full sun, and I start watering actively when I see new leaves sprouting. Then got to water them often to daily, especially when our temps are hitting 90F and higher to triple digits. It always makes it blooms during our hottest period in August. By late Fall, it will die down and will just hide in my garage till next Spring. I have not repotted this either since I got it, knowing that it prefers to grow tight. Oh, and I did add a little compost during Spring.

Maybe you need to adjust watering?
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RuuddeBlock
Oct 7, 2015 1:41 PM CST
I grow several species. Apart from the more tender E. vanderwerwei I grow them outside with regular feeding (some extra kalium close to winter) until serious night-frost is due. Then I bluntly chop off any green (usually still quite a lot if not all) and store dry in my cellar. Repot in earliest spring (March or so, depends a little if I already see growth returning or not). Most of them, including the Sparkling Burgundy, flower yearly.

You can, however, kill a vandermerwei this way. The small bulbs may completely dry out. So they better overwinter in the pot and then they do flower every year too. I do not have a "Tiny Piny Opal" but the Meise botanical garden has a lot of E. zambasiaca cultivars which are treated much the same as mine vandermerwei: frostfree and not too dry in winter.

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