With its bell-shaped flowers growing on top of sturdy, 2- to 3-foot stems and surrounded by thick, leathery leaves, agapanthus is hard to miss. Agapanthus does especially well in borders, raised gardens, and when grown in containers, it makes a beautiful addition to a patio. Plant agapanthus in groupings, and you'll make honeybees and hummingbirds very happy. You may know agapanthus better by one of its many other names, including African lily, lily of the Nile and blue lily.
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Things you need
- Agapanthus rhizomes
- Organic mulch
- All-purpose liquid fertiliser
- Cardboard box
- Peat moss
Cut agapanthus blooms to use in indoor flower arrangements. Otherwise, deadhead, or clip the blooms as soon as they fade so the plant's energy will be focused on development of new blooms.
Apply a 1-inch layer of organic mulch around agapanthus every autumn to provide protection from the cold and to keep the soil moist. Container-grown agapanthus won't need to be mulched.
Add fertiliser every three weeks until the agapanthus begins to flower. Use an all-purpose liquid fertiliser, according to the directions on the label.
Dig agapanthus rhizomes when the plant is finished blooming in autumn if you live in a climate with hard winters. Store the bulbs in a cardboard box filled with damp peat moss, and replant them in early spring. If your winter temperatures don't drop below -12.2 degrees C, a layer of mulch will be sufficient protection.
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