PINEAPPLE LILY Eucomis reichenbachii
An absolutely stunning perennial for the garden, these Pineapple Lillies look like they are tender tropical plants, but instead, they are fully hardy perennials to zone 6, and possibly colder. They have survived winters in our zone 4/5 gardens as well, so they may be hardier with some winter protection, or simply dig the bulbs up in the fall and store in a cool location for the winter. Green/white flowers are edged in purple! A cute tuft of leaves sits atop the flowers.
Type: Hardy perennial
Height: 30-40 cm
Hardiness zones: 6-10, possibly colder
Bloom time: Summer
Seeds per pack: 3
Germination: As with many perennial seeds, these seeds can benefit from a period of moist cold to help them break dormancy. This is done by giving them a cold 'winter' period (artificial or natural), and then a warming to simulate 'spring', and time to grow! Here's how this can be done:
Obtain a planting container that has holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Place the seeds just under the surface of your growing medium, and water. Place your container in a cold area (but not freezing, perhaps a refrigerator) for 4-6 weeks. Once the cold period is completed, place the container at room temperature for them to germinate. Be sure to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period. Seedlings will sprout a few weeks, or occasionally several months, after the warming period.
If you are planting your seeds in late winter or spring, these seeds can be planted outdoors while it is still cool out (once the ground is workable and unfrozen), to receive the cold period naturally in the garden. Be sure to keep the soil moist during the entire germination period.