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Eucomis - 'Tiny Piny Ruby' (Bag of 3 bulbs)
Flower Description: Deep RUBY-RED florets – plants grow about 10-12 inches across and up to 8 or 10 inches tall, depending on light.
For comparison sake, the “Tiny Piny” Series is more diminutive in growth than E. autumnalis, that grows between 14 and 18 inches tall in my garden, the bulbs are also much smaller (size 10/12 cm in circumference) and are slightly earlier blooming. During warm spring/summer days, you can expect flowering in about 9 to 12 weeks after planting. Suitable for growing a single bulb in a 6-inch pot or three in a 10-inch container, they enjoy a warm, sunny location and as with the larger “cousins” are long-blooming with seedpods adding to the show later in the year.
Hardy to USDA Zone 7 (colder with insulating mulch) Gardeners in colder climates should consider lifting the bulbs or bringing pots indoors to store in a frost-free location. We have bulbs against our house, Zone 7/8, in a slightly raised bed, protected from our winter rainfall of 50+ inches and they do well. Plant after danger of deep frost is past and soil begins to warm (e.g. May in Seattle), spacing 2 to 3 inches apart, covered with one to two inches of fluffy, amended soil. If desired, light mulch after top growth begins.
As with all Eucomis, flowering stems begin very tiny and continue to expand throughout summer. Eucomis bulbs are long-lived and although they prefer to be left undisturbed, offsets can be detached from the mother bulb in fall, taking an additional two years before the babies flower. Bulbs are guaranteed true-to-name, not for failure to bloom first summer, loss due to over watering or winter conditions. (Photo courtesy of hybridizer, Eddie Walsh)
Hardy to USDA Zone 7 (colder using an insulating mulch during winter) or dig bulbs to store in a frost-free location over winter. We have bulbs against our house, Zone 7/8, in a slightly raised bed, protected from our winter rainfall of 50+ inches which do fine. Bulbs are sent to you bare root, plant after danger of deep frost is past and soil begins to warm (e.g. May in Seattle), spacing 3 to 4 inches apart, covered with 2 inches of fluffy, amended soil. If desired, light mulch after top growth begins. This is closer spacing than for our standard height Eucomis.
Eucomis are long-lived and although they prefer to be left undisturbed, offsets can be detached from the mother bulb in the fall, taking an additional two or three years before the babies flower. Bulbs guaranteed true-to-name, not for failure to bloom first summer or loss over winter.
Pots: Cover the “Tiny Piny” Eucomis bulbs with an inch or two of soil, on the dry side until top growth appears, then move into bright light and begin watering. Keep soil slightly moist, not soggy to avoid rot. Use FRESH potting soil each year for best results. We have found that the high-nitrogen soil mixes sold in most “box stores” are not found pleasing to Eucomis and recommend you avoid them. The excess nitrogen tends to rot the bulbs. The soil product ‘Black-Gold’ has been very much to their liking here on the farm. Use a very low nitrogen fertilizer or mild balanced formula as you would for cactus.
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