Pineapple Lilies are cold tolerant plants. They do well in all seasons and even thrive during the winter months when most other plants would die out. However, they have their own special characteristics which make them unique from others. For example, they produce flowers only once every two years! But there’s more than just the fact that they’re cold tolerant; it turns out that these plants are also very productive!
So how do you grow pineapple lilies?
You need a sunny location with good drainage. Also, you’ll want to provide plenty of water at all times so that your plant doesn’t dry up completely. And finally, you’ll want to provide some sort of light source (like a fluorescent bulb) because the leaves will drop off if no light is provided.
Now let’s get started!
How To Grow Pineapple Lilies
Step 1: Planting Your Pineapple Lilies
The first thing you’ll need to do is decide where you’d like to place your pineapple lily plants. There are several options available.
One option is simply planting them directly into the ground. Another option is to dig a hole in the garden and bury your pineapple lily plants. If you don’t have a garden, then you can plant them in pots as well.
Step 2: Planting Your Pineapple Lilies
Ideally, pineapple lily plants should be planted in an area that gets direct sunlight. If placing in the ground, then it should be 6-8 inches deep and about 3 feet apart.
After planting, remember to give the soil a good watering.
Step 3: Caring For Your Pineapple Lilies
The next thing you’ll need to do is water your plants. Water them once every week and add a bit of compost or manure into the soil before the rainy season.
This will help the soil retain some extra moisture for when it rains. Speaking of rain, make sure you keep an eye on the forecast! You don’t want your plants to dry out completely when it rains.
As for pests and diseases, pineapple lily plants don’t have too many issues. However, you may encounter some aphids or thrips attacking your plant from time to time.
You can get rid of them by spraying your plant with soapy water.
Step 4: When To Harvest Your Pineapple Lilies
Harvesting your plants is an important step to take in order to get the most out of them. Your pineapple lily plant will produce flowers only once every two years.
If you want to get the most out of your growing efforts, then you’ll want to harvest the flower when it’s in full bloom.
With that said, let’s talk a bit about when and how to harvest your plant. The first thing you’ll want to do is wait until the plant has at least four to five open flowers (the more the better).
The next thing you’ll want to do is wait until midday and pick the flower right before the sun starts to lower in the sky. Finally, you’ll need to cut the flower from the stem.
Step 5: Enjoy Your Flowers!
And that’s it! Now you can enjoy your flowers however you like.
You can also replant the stems if you want to grow more pineapple lily plants! Enjoy.
Sources & references used in this article:
Florida Gardener’s Handbook: All You Need to Know to Plan, Plant & Maintain a Florida Garden by T MacCubbin, GB Tasker, R Bowden, J Lamp – 2012 – books.google.com
History, taxonomy and culture of the pineapple by F Beauman – 2006 – Random House
Rocky Mountain Gardener’s Handbook: All You Need to Know to Plan, Plant & Maintain a Rocky Mountain Garden-Montana, Id by JL Collins – Economic Botany, 1949 – Springer
Summer-blooming Bulbs: Scores of Spectacular Bloomers for Your Summer Garden by J Cretti, MA Newcomer – 2012 – books.google.com