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Grown for its ability to add instant tropical vibes to a space, pineapple lily is a tender bulb that grows well in both the landscape and in containers. Pineapple-shaped flower spikes bloom in shades of green, pink, violet, and white above wide, strap-like leaves. Count on pineapple lily to bloom for six weeks or more in summer. In cold climates, dig up bulbs and save them in a frost- free place over winter or simply treat them as annuals and enjoy them for one season.
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Pineapple lily is a cinch to grow in a container. Pair this bold tropical bulb with bright magenta, purple, yellow, and orange annuals for a summer-long parade of color. Calibrachoa, angelonia, sweet potato vine, and verbena are all great planting companions. In warm regions where pineapple lily is hardy, plant it directly in the garden. Group three or more bulbs together to create an eye-catching display of bold foliage and flowers.
Pineapple Lily Care Must-Knows
Pineapple lily grows best in full sun and well-drained soil. Good drainage is important as the bulbous root will rot in wet or boggy soil. Plant pineapple lily bulbs 4 to 6 inches deep and about 6 inches apart.
Container planting is equally simple. Plant one bulb in a 5- to 6-inch pot or three to five bulbs in a 12-inch pot. Situate the bulbs in the container so they are just below the soil surface. Cover the bulbs with quality potting mix.
Pineapple lily is full hardy in Zone 7 and above and may overwinter in Zone 6 when its root zone is covered with a thick blanket of mulch. In cold zones, dig up inground bulbs in fall, allow them to dry in a warm place for a couple of weeks, remove old foliage, and store bulbs above freezing until it is time to plant again.
Overwinter bulbs growing in pots by removing them from the pot in fall. Place the bulbs in a warm place to dry. After the bulbs are dry, store them in a cool, dry location. Repot the bulbs in the spring and place outdoors after the danger of frost has passed.