Eucomis pole-evansii As Outdoor Plant in New jersey

Robert Lauf
Mon, 23 Mar 2020 14:29:07 PDT
 Much of my yard is red TN clay, some is more woods soil, and some is synthetic/amended/raised.  I have found the eucomis are rather indifferent to soil, and the ones growing in a low area, heavy clay and really too wet during winter all survive nonetheless.
Not having seen your situation I wouldn't presume to make recommendations, but it wouldn't hurt to take an extra plant and just plant it out and see what happens.  If it dies, so be it.  I'd be happy to send a few up there just to test.
Note that I'm about to try pole-evansii this year, so I don't know if it is more finicky than montana or the various bicolor/comosa hybrids, but at any time I have over 100 plants on trial and only once in a while a crown will rot, and even then, usually a side bulb will soldier through.
    On Monday, March 23, 2020, 05:17:55 PM EDT, Judy Glattstein <> wrote:  
 Bob Lauf's suggestion of eucomis as a garden plant is exciting but 
impractical. Last winter was mild enough but also rather wet. And I have 
a clay soil laced with assorted sizes of shale, like a plum pudding. I 
think the wet would be more of an issue than the winter temperature.

That said, Musa basjoo does winter over. I offer the caveat that they 
are against the house, each culm is cut back and covered with a leaf 
filled tub, then a few feet of leaves over the tubs corralled with 
fencing and topped with plywood covers for the winter.  I'll do it for 
bananas - don't want to lift and store. The the eucomis are manageable 
in pots.

First image, bananas ready to be cut back after summer


First of three plywood covers in place

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