Common questions

How do you take care of Agapanthus africanus?


How do you take care of Agapanthus africanus?

Agapanthus thrive in full sun and need 6-8 hours of sunlight each day. However, they do better in partial shade in hot climate areas. Agapanthus perform best in fertile, moist and well-drained soil. They show no preference for pH, except Agapanthus africanus which prefers an acid soil.

Where is the best place to plant an agapanthus?

full sun
Grow all agapanthus in well-drained soil in full sun. Avoid planting in shade as they won’t flower much.

Are Agapanthus africanus Evergreen?

This is the big evergreen one. The leaves can reach 2 – 3 ft but the flower stalks can reach 6ft. It’s not as hardy as the lower growing ones but does well in a pot and can be wheeled into a shed or a greenhouse for the winter for some protection.

Is Agapanthus africanus a filler?

Agapanthus leaves are usually deep green in color but can also be found in gray green to medium green hues. Some species also produce thick, strap-shaped foliage, while others have thin, grass-like leaves. In design projects, Agapanthus serves as a versatile cut flower, especially as a filler.

What do I do with my Agapanthus in winter?

Dig up the tubers and brush off the soil. Allow the tubers to dry out for a few days in a dry, warm location. Then store the tubers wrapped in newspaper in a cool, dark location. Optimum temperatures for Agapanthus winter storage are 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (4 to 10 C.).

Do Agapanthus come back every year?

With proper care, agapanthus flowering occurs repeatedly for several weeks throughout the season, then this perennial powerhouse returns to put on another show the next year. Agapanthus is a nearly indestructible plant and, in fact, most agapanthus varieties self-seed generously and may even become somewhat weedy.

Are Agapanthus better in pots?

Agapanthus do well in pots. Cut back spent flowerheads after blooming and mulch annually with well-rotted compost or other organic matter.

Can you use agapanthus as a cut flower?

Gather handfuls of agapanthus stems into vases for a simple but effective way to showcase these spectacular blossoms. The long shoots and rounded flower heads work well in tall, flared vases. Or cut the stems short and pack flowers tightly into a short, cubed vase.

What kind of Agapanthus is white with white flowers?

Adding a bright splash to the flower border, Agapanthus africanus ‘Albus’ is a white African Lily with eye-catching, rounded clusters of crisp white, trumpet-shaped flowers. They rise on stiff, upright stalks atop clumps of beautiful, evergreen, arching, glossy green, strap-like leaves.

What to do with Agapanthus Albus in South Africa?

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest. Agapanthus are South African plants with strap-like leaves and showy flowers in shades of blue, violet or white. They’re ideal for growing in containers, from which their pretty blooms stand tall, spilling over other pots.

How tall does an Agapanthus africanus Albus grow?

Where to grow. Agapanthus africanus ‘Albus’ (White African lily) will reach a height of 0.8m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years. Architectural, Coastal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Mediterranean, Containers, Sub-Tropical.

What kind of plant is an African lily?

Native to South Africa, Agapanthus (African Lily) are such flamboyant and exotic-looking perennials that it is impossible not to love them! Easy to grow, pest and disease free, they feature showy, rounded clusters of brightly colored flowers on stiff, upright stalks atop clumps of beautiful, long, shiny leaves.