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23.8.07

When I Collect Pineapple Lily Seeds

When I collect Eucomis bicolor Seeds, Pineapple Lily Seeds, Urban Gardening, tropical bulbsToday I was making a quick inspection of the garden and I noticed that some of my Pineapple Lily seed pods where ready for picking. I decided to make a quick post to show what a Pineapple Lily seed pod looks like before and after it is ready to release the seeds. The top photo of a Eucomis flower is an example of what it looks like before it ripens. Notice how nice plump and green it looks after it has been pollinated and is setting seeds. The bottom photograph of a flower had probably ripened yesterday or the day before. Notice the change in color- it is now a pale yellow-green and the pod looks a little deflated.



I think the high levels of humidity we've been having this year have caused me to loose a few seeds. Last year when I collected seeds from my Pineapple Lilies I knew they were ripe because the pods turned a light brown and were somewhat transparent. I could actually see the seeds inside without having to get very close to the flower. This year they haven't dried as much and have dropped a few seeds before I could get to them. It is probably a good idea to lift a few of the individual flowers up because they hang and you may be able to notice the pod splitting before the seeds fall out.

Related Posts:

Growing Info-Eucomis bicolor Pineapple Lily.

Propagation-How Propagate Pineapple Lily By Leaf Cuttings.

13 comments:

  1. You know, I've seen this plant grown in greenhouses here and for use indoors, and I'm struck green with envy every time I see one--this post and photos convinces me that I need to give this a try too. When I wn the lottery (note to self--try buying a ticket first!) I want to put in a conservatory with a hottub for my aching body. Then I'll be able to grow all kinds of things that I only dream about now. I'll keep dreaming--and reading blogs!

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  2. Do you plant the seeds to get new plants? It is such a pretty plant.

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  3. What a pretty seed. I don't think I've seen this plant before

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  4. Very interesting post. A new flower to me. It's lovely.

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  5. I love collecting seeds.
    It is so great to grow plants from seeds that you have harvested yourself.
    Nice post.

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  6. Thanks for stopping by and commenting everyone.

    Jodi,

    I know exactly what you mean. I go to some conservatories here and dream about hitting the lotto and one day building myself a conservatory for all kinds of plants I can't grow now.

    Crafty,

    I have yet to grow them from seed because they always end up getting traded to someone in exchange for something new to me. But this year I'm determined to try them.

    Chigiy,

    You're right that growing plants from your own seeds is fun. They also sometimes hold a special place in your garden when you know they're the fruit of your labor.

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  7. Jocelyn4:29 PM

    I'm not familiar with this plant, but your pictures are lovely. This is such a great post, it makes me realize how little I know about plants! Makes me want to go to the library to pick up some books :)

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  8. Anonymous12:50 PM

    hi guys

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  9. how deep do you need to plant the seeds if you're starting from seeds?

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  10. How deep do you need to plant the seeds in the soil if you're trying to grow them that way?

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    1. Plant them about a half an inch deep.

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  11. Anonymous5:38 AM

    I bought 3 pineapple lily bulbs in my local supermarket in a sale, 49p each and have enjoyed them enormously. I never thought something so exotic looking could grow so well in the North West of England and have been very tough plants. One didn't grow but the other two are amazing and still looking good, am so glad I can use the seeds.

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  12. Anonymous11:53 AM

    Thank you for posting how to propagate this plant using the cutting. I can not wait to try it. i also harvested a few seeds from my first purple bloom last summer.

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