2-3 Litre Pot
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Position: Full sun
- Soil: Moist, well drained
- Growth Rate: Average
- Flowering Period: July – September
- Hardiness: H3
- Eventual Height: 0.8m
- Eventual Spread: 0.5m
Agapanthus Africanus, also known as the ‘African Lily’ or the ‘Lily of the Nile’ and holder of the RHS Award of Garden Merit is a beautiful evergreen late Summer flowering plant with large rounded heads of bell shaped, deep blue flowers. These plants make brilliant container specimens as you will often get more flowers if the roots are constricted and they can be more easily moved to a frost free spot when the weather gets colder. They are generally hardy outdoors in the south of England and Ireland if protected from severe frosts. These Lilies are very effective planted by a stream or a pond, where they thrive.
How to care for your Agapanthus Africanus
- Watering: Prefers to be kept evenly moist but not waterlogged. Water the plant deeply once a week during the growing season, and reduce watering during the dormant season.
- Fertilising: Feed the plant with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser in the Spring, and again in mid-Summer. Avoid over-fertilising, as this can lead to excessive foliage growth and fewer flowers.
- Pruning: Cut back the spent flower stalks to the base of the plant after flowering to encourage the growth of new shoots and more flowers.
- Sunlight: Prefers full sun. In areas with hot summers, it may benefit from some afternoon shade to prevent leaf scorch.
- Soil: Prefers well-draining soil. Amend heavy clay soil with compost to improve drainage.
- Winter care: In colder regions, it may need to be protected from frost during the Winter months. Cover the plant with a layer of mulch, or bring potted plants indoors to a cool, bright location.
- Propagation: Can be propagated by dividing the clumps in early Spring or Autumn. Carefully dig up the plant and divide the rhizomes, making sure each division has several healthy shoots.
By following these care tips, you can enjoy the beautiful blooms of Agapanthus Africanus for many years to come.