Growing Guide: How to Grow Eucomis



About Eucomis

Eucomis bloom in the summer with their unusual flowers that were the inspiration of the plants common name, ‘Pineapple Lily’. Depending on the type, the leaves may be green or burgundy with its stems speckled with purple. The flowers come in white, violet and pink.

Lush flowers that create a dominating display in the garden, standing at nearly 6-feet tall. Eucomis are perfect for planting at the front of a border or in pots. These bulbs are best planted in the spring. Requiring only a little bit of care, Eucomis can flower for years! These beauties will bloom in the summer, with foliage appearing just a few weeks after planting and flowers following close behind.

Expect plenty of butterflies when your Eucomis are in bloom!

Where to Grow

Eucomis need well-drained soil and must be planted in a sheltered, sunny position. Make sure when planting, they are not over-crowded and shaded by other plants. Plants with more sun will produce more flowers.

These plants are great for pots/containers or outdoor plantings but will not thrive in soggy soil or standing water.

Hardiness Zones 8-10

When to Plant

Pots/Containers – from March to May

Outdoors – April or May

How to Plant

  1. Outdoor Planting – find a place where soil drain well and your plants will receive plenty of sun! Dig holes and plant bulbs pointy end facing up 3-4 inches deep and 10-12 inches apart.
  2. Container Planting – Use a high quality and well-drained potting soil and a container with suitable draining holes. Plant the bulbs pointy end facing up 3-4 inches deep and 10 inches apart.
  3. Soak the soil with water to allow soil to settle around the bulbs with no air pockets.

How to Grow

  1. Water when needed during active growth period. Around 1 inch of moisture per week is a fair estimate
  2. After blooming, leave the foliage in place so the leaves can gather sunlight to create food through photosynthesis. This will allow the bulb to strengthen for the future.
  3. When the leaves turn yellow and die back between late summer/early fall, remove the dry foliage.
  4. Allow your Eucomis to rest for a good few months in dormancy before they begin the next growing cycle in early spring.