February 15, 2022

Growing Eucomis Indoors

I am very fortunate to have large greenhouses where I can force many bulbs and enjoy their blooms earlier than their time.

Forcing is the process of tricking bulbs to bloom out of season indoors by providing them with favorable growing conditions. Last month, my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, potted up amaryllis bulbs in soil, which will erupt with large trumpet-shaped blooms later this season. He also potted up a collection of Eucomis, commonly known as the pineapple lily. This South African native has a very interesting flower stalk that is reminiscent of the delicious fruit. These plants will show off a beautiful indoor display in weeks.

Here are some photos, enjoy.