Eucomis autumnalis / Pineapple Flower / Seeds

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Eucomis autumnalis / Pineapple Flower / Seeds

An unusual plant from South Africa with spectacular pineapple shaped flowers in middle to late summer, growing from a base of fleshy and wavy-edged leaves.  Flowers grow on thick stalks up to 60cm tall and remain attractive well into the autumn. 

These are good late summer flowering plants for pots, borders and alongside a driveway or path. Plants grow best in a sunny spot.  They are nearly hardy, needing protection from frosts greater than -5C.  This can be done by mulching well in winter, or lifting bulbs in autumn and replanting in spring, or growing in pots which are moved into a greenhouse in winter.   


Pack of 10 seeds.  Sow in spring or autumn.    Plants generally start to flower in the third season (some flower earlier).   Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.  


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Hardiness Hardy to half hardy herbaceous perennial (forms bulbs)  (RHS Hardiness H3)
Flowers Mid summer into autumn
Height 40 - 60cm
Spread 20 - 50cm
Conditions  Full sun and moist well drained soils

Sow in spring or autumn into a deep (eg 10cm) seed tray or pots of well drained seed compost. Seeds germinate within 4-6 weeks (or longer, dont give up) at 20C to 24C.  Plant out when the bulbs have formed generally in the third year, when the first flowers start to form. 

Grow Plants die down in autumn, when the dead material can be removed and the plants protected with mulch or removed and stored in a cool dry place.  Plants start growing again in mid to late spring.  Top dress with fertilizer in spring.  Plants are generally untroubled by pests and diseases. Mature plants produce off-sets on the bulbs, which can be removed in spring and grown on into new plants.

See Growing Advice for more information on growing Eucomis.