Eucomis

Guernsey Donkey2Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 3,917

I have one potted up, healthy Eucomis plant that has now finished flowering.  It still has the flower spike on the plant.  What do I do with it now, to I let the flower spike die down or do I chop it off, and can I collect seed (not sure which part is the seed)?

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  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 1,617

    Hi GD2

    My green Eucomis bicolor bulbs have nearly all finished flowering now .

    Seed is produced (hard black coal-like about 2mm diameter) , from the triangular green seed-pods which should start developing soon .

    Yours is one of the burgundy forms (very nice too) , so I would assume the 'above terms' still apply image

    If you don't want seed , cut the spike off anytime but leave the foliage to feed the bulb . I grew some from seed years ago , very easy but took 5-7 years to get to flowering size .

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,967

    Like any bulb, if you want to maintain vigour and build it up for next year you remove the spent plant stalk and feed it.

    If you want babies, let it seed.   Stand it in a tray of gravel mixed with some compost and you'll get babies germinating from fallen seed that you can grow on but it will take a great deal of patience and potting on before they get to flowering size.  Alternatively, feed it and let the seeds mature on the plant then collect the seed and sow in trays or cells.

    The Vendée, France
  • Guernsey Donkey2Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 3,917

    Thank you Paul & Obelixx for your speedy replies - I wish growing these Eucomis from seed was as speedy!  I did notice some large black (seeds) growths where the flowers had finished, but I didn't realize they were the seeds.  However if this plant is a bulb (I bought it at a plant sale) then perhaps there will be small bulblets in the pot now too which I could divide and nurture?

    I will cut the flower stem off and hope that the plant will overwinter in the pot and produce another striking flower stem next year.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge of this unusual plant.

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 1,617

    Each stem (foliage and flower spike ) indicates one bulb .

    Two stems normally means the bulb had divided . Only time will tell .

  • Guernsey Donkey2Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 3,917

    I think the plant may be pot bound, so I will try repotting it when I cut the stem, feed and water it too.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,967

    To be honest, that pots looks a wee bit small.  in your location you should be able to grow them in teh ground as you don't get hard frosts.   

    The Vendée, France
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 19,965

    I'd have thought that too Obelixx. I would need to overwinter it here GD, but I'd expect your conditions to be favourable for it. They're lovely plants  image


    There was a small discussion about these  earlier in the year, and it made me tempted to get another one. It would need to come into the house though - don't know if my cold frame would be enough protection  image 

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 11,630

    GD - I grow mine in a large pot about one foot square and 18 inches deep for three bulbs.

    Over the years they have multiplied and have been divided.

    SW Scotland
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 19,965

    Joyce- do you think if I did some in pots, they would be ok against the house wall for me, or would they need a bit more than that?

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 11,630

    Fairy, I just move the pot to the back of the house for the winter and the eucomis have survived for over ten years. I think it's worth trying.

    SW Scotland
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