|'Tiny Piny' Eucomis bulbs bloom at about 12cm..|
More diminutive than the species E. autumnalis that grows between 14 and 18 inches tall in my garden, the 'Tiny Piny' bulbs also need a much smaller bulb size to bloom (10/12 cm in circumference). During warm spring/summer days, you can expect flowering in about 9 to 12 weeks after planting if the weather stays warm. These are suitable for growing a single bulb in a 4-inch pot or three in a 6-inch container for one year. For longer term growing upgrade to a 10-inch pot for three bulbs, but be careful to not over water while the bulb is still dormant.
Although you can also pot up the standard sized bulbs, they prefer at least a gallon of potting soil per bulb, same as our Lilium bulbs.
|Pot up 3 bulbs in a 5 to 6 inch pot.|
|Note the "gritty" soil? We like to add more Perlite to regular potting soil.|
|Standard sized Eucomis need to be about 16cm in size to flower.|
Plant new bulbs after danger of deep frost is past, and soil begins to warm (e.g. May in Seattle), spacing them 2 to 3 inches apart, covered with not more than one inch of fluffy, amended soil. If desired, lightly mulch after top growth begins. You can also start the bulbs in a greenhouse with plenty of natural light, but they do not “force” well over winter because of the lower light intensity. Established bulbs with a good root system can be moved even if they are starting to poke up sprouts in spring.
|Don't forget to label and date your pots.|
|Finished product. (Tiny Piny Ruby')|