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**Eucomis - "Tiny Piny Collection" (12 bulbs total)
NOTE:Collection of all four new 'Tiny Piny' clones, 3 bulbs of each of TWO varieties, CORAL and RUBY and 6 bulbs of OPAL (Pearl is n/a - bulbs harvested were too small) individually labeled (12 total) - plants grow about 10-12 inches across and up to 8 or 10 inches tall, depending on light.
(Photo shows the four varieties surrounding a standard height variety of Eucomis - shown from left to right - Opal, Pearl (N/A), Ruby and Coral. The tall variety in back is unidentified.)
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 can be slightly earlier blooming. 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. Once the leaves begin to emerge, water so the soil does not dry out completely - if it does, the bulbs will stop growing to wait for more moisture. They enjoy a warm, sunny location such as under a south-facing roof overhang, and as with their larger “cousins”, are long-blooming with seedpods adding to the show later in the year.
Hardy to USDA Zone 7 - they will go colder with an insulating layer of mulch or you can simply lift the bulbs for winter 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 without any mulch but their fallen leaves. They begin to emerge in April, growing whenever the sun warms the bed. The same varieties out in the open field are subjected to rain, snow and slush all winter and emerge about 3 to 4 weeks later as the ground begins to dry out.
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.
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 to three years before the babies flower. Bulbs are guaranteed true-to-name, but not for failure to bloom first summer, loss due to over watering or winter conditions.
(Photo courtesy of hybridizer, Eddie Walsh)
Wild Lily bulbs making up the genus Lilium belong to the family Liliaceae comprising of approximately 200 genera made up of approximately 2,000 lily species. There are in the neighborhood of 110 to 120 Lilium species depending on whose classification you reference. For the full article, click Knowledge Base