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As its common name suggests, this bulb from South Africa, has a flower that resembles a pineapple fruit on the end of a thick stem. 'Zeal Bronze' has green foliage with a purplish-bronze tinge, making it an attractive plant to grow, even before it flowers. In mid-summer, thick burgundy-coloured stems appear, on which dark buds slowly open, revealing star-like pink-white flowers with a small rosette of leaves on top. Lasting approximately six weeks, the flowers dry out in autumn, leaving attractive seed heads. Plants will only withstand the cold winter months outside if planted in very sheltered areas, so it's normally grown in a pot and then planted out or plunged in a border during the summer months. Keep plants well watered during summer and allow the plant to dry out once winter begins. New plants can be propagated by removing offsets from the parent bulbs in the spring.
Cultivar: Zeal Bronze
Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb
Flower colour: Pink, White
Foliage colour: Bronze
Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun
Hardiness: Half hardy
Skill level: Experienced
Time to divide plants: March to May
Flowering period: August to October
Mine has been outside in a pot for three years and has survived a very. Hard winter and this last very wet one and now it is growing well hopefully to flower this summer.
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