Pineapple Plant - TuberEucomis comosa
Special bulb plant from South Africa! This magnificent pineapple lily (Eucomis comosa) has an exotic appearance. The decorative wavy leaves often have a burgundy glow, just as the flower stem. The flower stem is covered with creamy yellow and light pink flowers, locked in by a beautiful tuft! The tuft really looks like the tuft of a real pineapple plant. This beautiful pineapple lily will be excellent in a pot on the patio or decking, or in well-draining soil in the border. The bulbs will be grateful if you allow them to overwinter without frost.Show more
Planting and flowering details
Show moreYou can plant the Eucomis comosa in open ground or a flowerpot, immediately in spring. Select a good water permeable spot. Do be aware of late (night) frost. For planting the bulbs you must follow the rule that the plant hole should be twice as deep as the height of the bulb. This means that a 5 cm bulb will be placed in a 10 cm deep hole. The planting distance of the Eucomis comosa is approximately 20 - 25 cm. Loosen the soil properly and plant the bulb horizontally with the grow tip pointing upwards and the roots pointing downwards. Fill the plant hole with more soil. The beautiful flowers will look their best if planted in groups of at least 3 bulbs. Water immediately. Place the flowerpot in a warm spot.
Pineapple lily in a decorative flowerpotThe pineapple lily will grow best in a flowerpot in a warm, sheltered spot. You could place at least 3 bulbs in a spacious pot, in order to achieve a spectacular result. Stone pots may crack due to the growth of the Eucomis comosa bulbs. Repot every 4 to 5 years at the most.
Show moreRegularly water your Eucomis comosa (also in summer) and never allow the soil/potting compost to dry out. For an exuberantly flowering pineapple lily, we recommend using dried granulated cow manure in early spring. After that, we recommend using Bakker's fertiliser for flowering plants. It is rich in potassium, which really stimulates growth. Leave the pineapple lily alone as much as you can, and only replant if absolutely necessary. You will be rewarded with even more Eucomis bulbs! Water sparsely during autumn and give no fertiliser.
Keeping pineapple lily through the winterThe bulbs of Eucomis comosa are not winter-hardy, but are able to resist quite a lot of cold. It is easy to keep them through the winter. For winter, place the pot in a cool frost-free room, the temperature will have to be between 1 and 5°C in order to produce flower buds. Do not allow the soil to completely dry out during winter. Give more water when young leaves are showing themselves in spring. From now on you should also regularly add plant nutrition to the water. After the (night) frost period, the Eucomis comosa can be placed on your patio or decking again.
If you planted Eucomis comosa in a highly permeable soil in open ground and wish to let it overwinter outdoors, you can cover it with a substantial layer of leaves or other organic material, or a few layers of fleece cloth. This method often works, but does not provide certainty...
Show moreThese plants originate from southern Africa. Particularly the slightly moist soils along rivers, lakes and forests.
Eucomis comosa is called pineapple lily or pineapple flower. The beautiful flower stem ends with a beautiful tuft of leaves, which looks a lot like the tuft of a pineapple. The stem and the underside of leaves, is often covered with red spots, making it all even more decorative.
Eucomis is classified under the asparagus family (Asparagaceae).