Eucomis, a wonderful and beautiful looking bulb plant that flowers late Summer until early Autumn. They have an exotic looking Pineapple like flower heads and multiple leaves bunched under the flower. Ecomis have the misconception of being difficult to grow and propagate. Maybe this is due to the bulbs being quite expensive to buy from the shops and garden center's. However they are very simple to propagate and grow on quite successfully.
As you can see from above the small plants have grown in abundance from the few seeds I took last year from the flower head. Sown just below the surface of a fine seed compost and left for several weeks, the small plants started to appear after about 3-4 weeks and then potted onto bigger pots. They are quite easy to separate and have good root growth. Of course you can take cuttings and grow plants from the leaves. But why bother, its not easy to do and is not as sure as using the seeds.
In the pictures above the full tray of small plants potted on and to the right the size of a fully grown Ecomis. The bulbs should be normally planted to a depth of 15cm in the ground as they can be damaged by frost. Keep them watered during the growing season and at the end of the season the flower heads fade and will just pull away easily once ready to be removed. So in reality a very easy and low maintenance plant to grow, what are you waiting for go out and get one now.
My name is Jonathan and I enjoy working in my garden in my spare time. I am no professional, just an amateur. My second love is photography, shooting the flowers in my garden and of course sharing them with people who share my passions.