Eucomis Pole evansii is a very rare and seldom offered variety with large spikes of large creamy flowers. It can grow up to 6 feet in height and produce flowers spikes that are a creamy white. A really attractive summer flowering variety Eucomis pole-evansii is commonly known as the pineapple plant because of the arrangement of leaves on the top of the flower. They are not deemed to be hardy over winter so will need to be lifted and stored in a frost free location over winter. A native of South Africa they are just worth growing for the lush amount of leaves that they produce.
Plant Indoors: They are at their best when grown outside.
Plant outside: They prefer a light well-drained soil. In heavy soils, just add grit and sand to lighten it up. Cultivate soils to a depth of 20cms and add some well rotted manure or granular fertiliser to the soil when cultivating. Plant them 10cms below the soil surface. Cover with soil and firm around bulbs to keep them in place. Leave to establish for a few years and protect from winter frosts by covering them in a couple of inches of mulch over winter. Can be left to naturalise for a number of years, regularly feed during the growing season with foods such as well rotted manures, Tomato feed and bone meal will provide food for continued flowering.
Ensure soils do not dry out in the first year whilst they are establishing.
Eucomis are also very good for containers although this one will need to be put in quite a large one!
We suggest companion planting with crocosmia and later flowering lilies.
Height: 20-24″ (50-60cm)
Flowering period: September to October
Soil type: Free draining soils that are humus rich.
Aspect: Shade to Semi shade
Planting distance: 25cms
Planting depth: 10cms.
Full growing instructions are also provided