Posted: 18/02/2017 at 13:05
I have several eucomis Sparkling Burgundy. never a problem and free from pest/slug problems, touch wood.
here they are as hardy as most anything else. Ok, "tropical" Cornwall some may say. No, hardly that But I do leave them outside all year.
they build up quite rapidly so I pull the bulbs apart and pot them up or plant them out. I make sure at least the bulb size of compost above them.
used to think they were tender so potted them...individually....for the winter and planted out again in spring. I now realise they are much tougher.
I grow mainly for the foliage shape and colour....the flowers less so.....as they make fine contrast to blue grasses, yellow foliage etc.
in colder areas lift in autumn and pot up....you can plunge pots in the ground.....and cover with a cloche, sheet of glass or fleece. Plant anywhere in spring where soil is free draining and gets full sun. the occasional dollop of water during a dry spell helps with their lush appearance
lilysilly, a 45 cm pot is fine for 3 this year. Next year pot them individually. A john innes compost for stability and moisture retention. Your plastic greenhouse is fine. Keep dry from November on. I would plant outside in April but pot up and keep inside until then.
there is now another red eucomis available (forget the name right now) ....Paddocks stock them I think. I am so tempted