The agapanthus is a wonderful perennial that blooms in summer, offering majestic flower stalks.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Agapanthus
Family : Liliaceae
Type : Perennial
Height : 60 to 100 cm
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary, well drained
Flowering : June to September
- To read: the beautiful umbels of the agapanthus
This is a must have plant if the weather permits. But if summer offers a beautiful flowering, winter requires some precautions to preserve the agapanthus ...
When to plant agapanthus?
For regions with a fairly cool climate in winter, plant your agapanthus in spring, so that they can harden up before the 1st winter.
Elsewhere, for mild climates in winter, agapanthus can be plant in the fall.
For agapanthus purchased directly in a pot, you can plant throughout the year but outside of frost and periods of heat.
Where to plant an agapanthus?
If you live in an area where it freezes heavily in winter, take advantage of container culture to put your agapanthus in the air.sheltered from frost in winter.
- A sunny location is necessary to have beautiful flowers.
- Agapanthus tolerates small, not very durable frosts but will not withstand a harsh winter.
How to plant an agapanthus:
You should not plant the rhizomes of your agapanthus in a hole that is too deep.
- Dig a hole equal to the height of the rhizome plus a few centimeters
- Cover the rhizome without compacting the soil too much
- A contribution from compost when planting will promote the development and flowering of your agapanthus.
Multiply an agapanthus
The most common and easiest multiplication technique for agapanthus is division of rhizomes in spring.
It is in fact when the vegetation resumes that you will have the best results for multiplying agapanthus.
- Gently dig up the rhizome.
- Separate the rhizome into 2 or 3.
- Replant each part using the technique explained above in the paragraph dedicated to planting.
Can also multiply agapanthus by seed but this technique is longer and more difficult.
Maintenance of agapanthus
When you observe wilted flowers, cut the flower stalks as short as possible so as not to exhaust the plant unnecessarily.
Agapanthus in winter:
Agapanthus is a plant that is not resistant to severe frost and should therefore be grown in areas where winters are relatively mild.
If the winter is mild don't touch it and leave the foliage in place during the winter.
What if it freezes in your area?
If your agapanthus are grown in pots it is recommended to put them in a cool, bright room where it cannot freeze.
The agapanthus in a pot is very well grown on a terrace or balcony, it is very decorative.
In full ground, it will be necessary to cut the foliage before the first frosts and cover it with a thick mulch. You can use dried leaves for example or any other mulching.
To know about the cultivation of agapanthus
This pretty perennial has long stems and produces beautiful blue flowers of around 15/20 cm in diameter.
This magnificent flower stalk can sometimes reach more than a meter.
It's in background in a massif they will be best displayed, but they will also be very well in pots or in a container on a terrace.
You can also create beautiful beds of agapanthus alone in the middle of your garden or along a path.
They need heat and sun to guarantee you beautiful flowers.
Species and varieties of agapanthus
The genus agapanthus includes several species and varieties, thus offering flowers of white or blue color. But we also have more resistant agapanthus than others like "Blue triomphator".
Here are some interesting agapanthus selected for you:
- Agapanthus ‘intermedius’
- Agapanthus ‘donau’
- Agapanthus ‘cobalt blue’
- Agapanthus lavender blue ’
- Agapanthus ‘polar ice’
- Agapanthus ‘sea coral’
- Agapanthus ‘snow ball’
- Agapanthus ‘alba’