How to Grow Agapanthus

November 2, 2013 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

How to Grow Agapanthus – Lily of the Nile or The African Lily

How to grow agapanthusThe Agapanthus is very commonly used in landscapes and gardens around Australia. They are often called by their common name  lily of the nile or the African lily.  The agapanthus is an ornamental clumping perennial that belongs to the Alliaceae family and is also considered to be a monocot. This lovely African native has thick fleshy roots this making them tough and reliable garden plants that are grown in my daylily gardens in Australia. They are considered to be herbaceous perennials with strappy leaves. The flower stems that tower over the foliage bearing heads consisting of around 100 evenly bell shaped 5 to 8 cm flowers that open out in the shape of a ball. The flower colours are inky purple, purple, blue and white. Most of them are evergreen while others are deciduous and pendulous.

Agapanthus are Poisonous they are poisonous to humans, cats, dogs the poisonous parts are the rhizome roots and leaves.

Protect yourself and do not grow agapanthus around taps, it is a well known true fact the deadly brown snake likes to hide under the leaves of agapanthus and pumpkins during the hot summers in Australia.

My Agapanthus Won’t Flower

Agapanthus are best planted in full sun or a good sunny location otherwise they may not grow. If planted in the shaded parts of the garden they will not flower. If the plant is new it may take some time to settle into its new spot in the garden before it will flower. Tubestock agapanthus plants can take up to 3 years to bloom.

When to Fertilise Agapanthus 

They are easy to grow in the ground and so tough that they do not need fertilising. They will grow in any soil including clay soil and are perfect for the  beginner gardener. Remember they will always grow much better in compost soil.

Agapanthus Leaf Scorch 

with Australia’s hot climate it is common to see the agapanthus leaves scorched in the hot summer sun commonly known as sunscald. To stop this you have to move your plants to shadier parts of the garden, but not too shady where they will not flower.

Agapanthus Care

they require no maintenance only to cut the old flower heads before they seed and pull away the leaves as they turn yellow. If you ever are looking for a snail in your garden, its a sure bet you will find one under an agapanthus plant. Most agapanthus have a long flowering period usually from mid November to end of January. Plant the tall varieties 30 to 45 cm apart. Propagation is usually done by division or seed. Growing by seed are never true to type. Agapanthus can be divided by division, lift and divide the clumps every 5 years from autumn to spring in the cool months of the year.

Agapanthus Pests – Read About the Lily Borer Caterpillar that attacks Agapanthus

Flowering Size Agapanthus Varieties we grow and sell in Australia are

Maleny Blue, Double Blue, Strawberry Ice, Electric Blue, Bressingham White, Perpetual Peace, Purple Cloud, Silver Baby, Seaspray, Tinkerbell, Peter Pan, Dwarf White, Snowball, Back in Black, Isis and Guilfoyle.

We do not grow agapanthus that display a PBR (plants breeders rights) the new recent varieties can be bought in stores. They are protected from all types of propagation, that is pollinating the plant and dividing the plant to resell. PBR plants will have a very tiny symbol displayed on the plant tag that looks like thissymbol PBR when you buy them in nurseries. This is why we do not grow or sell them.

Understand PBR more here

How to grow agapanthus in Australia and the varieties we have for sale.

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