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Video:Tips for Growing Eucomis or Pineapple Lily

with Yolanda Vanveen

The Eucomis, or Pineapple Lily, earned its name because its beautiful blossoms look like pineapples. This South African plants comes in pinks, white and even yellow. See our tips for growing Eucomis in your own garden.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Growing Eucomis or Pineapple Lily

Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen for About.com Garden. In this segment we are going to learn all about growing Eucomis or Pineapple lily.

This is one of my favorite plants in South Africa; it’s just fascinating. Pineapple lilies are called Pineapple Lily because their blooms come up and it looks just like a pineapple.

Starting Pineapple Lily

This one is really dying back, in the fall you can save the seeds too. Start by seed or you can go by bulb and they can go down to about ten degrees. So they are pretty hardly even in milder climates. If you live on colder climate then that you throw them in the garage or throw them in the green house or a paper bag for the winter. But I always like to save the seeds, so I am cleaning up my garden and there’s all the seeds on the pod and I am just going to save them.

Trimming Pineapple Lily

Now my rule of thumb with Pineapple Lily is if you live in warm climate, they are going to be green all year. Periodically, you want to chop those greens down. Just like the calla lily and it will get nice lush growth again. If you live in a colder climate, they are going to die back in the winter and come back in the spring. So whenever the leaves start looking mucky sometimes in the middle of summer or whenever. You can clean them up and they will just grow new lush leaves again. It is pretty easy.

Plant in a Sunny Location

They like full hot sun but they can actually handle a little bit of shade if it’s really warm. So now I am just cleaning the leaves away cause too much has died back and I am going to move these into a sunnier spot because the blooms are reaching for the sun. This is an indication that it is not getting enough sun. So I want to dig up my pineapple lily and move it to a little bit sunnier spot. They come in many different colors. I got pink, I got white ones and even there’s kind of a yellow shade. They’re an interesting bulb they look like any type of other bulb that looks like a Hershey’s kiss candy. It’s got a small tip and wide bottom.

Planting Pineapple Lilly Bulbs

When you plant it make sure the triangle tip is towards the top and you want to plant it three inches deep from the top of the bulb and you want to do at least two or three in a group too. You can always put one or two here but l have found that they do better in a group, they look good and from the bottom too they are going to make babies. My theory too is don’t separate the babies until they are as big as the mamas. So leave them with the mother plant for as long as possible.

Mix Up Your Plant Bed

I am going to turn around and plant this back into the ground. There is a lot more sun over here and I noticed here I got some Iris and other bulbs coming up. You can mix them in with spring blooming bulbs because they way you can have Iris in the spring and Pineapple Lily summer through the fall. It is great to mix up your bed and enjoy all the colors. Basically I am going to make sure and have three inches of the soil above the top of it. Cover it up and put the Irises down as well. I love my Eucomis and it means beautiful hair and it’s been around for centuries and they are a delight in a garden.

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