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Possible pineapple?

My mum and I live near Winchester in Hampshire and have discovered this odd plant that seems to have self-seeded into one of our pots in the back garden.  It has grown quite a lot over the last weeks ad has a fuit in the middle very like a pineapple, but with soft leaves not spikey.  Any ideas?


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,746
    A Eucomis, not a Pineapple.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,720
    The really nice purple leaved one is Sparkling burgundy. I also have a spotty leaved one called Octopus

  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,909
    I'd be surprised if it had self-seeded (most bulbs take a few years to get to flowering size from seed).  Are you sure one of you didn't pop some bulbs in and forget about them?
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • No.  It just appeared. 
  • What do we do with it? 
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,116
    Eucomis flower quite quickly from seed. As to what to do with it, well they are slightly tender so either leave it in the pot it is in until it dies down then dig it out and store it dry over winter. Or  plant it out in the garden in a well drained warm spot and see if it survives. Bury the bulb  at least 3 times deeper than the height of the bulb. Oh and if it sets seed you could end up with dozens of them too!
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