Collect seed when the seedhead is becoming brown and the capsules are starting to burst. Struggling to get your Agapanthus to flower.
Yes Agapanthus are grown from seeds.
Agapanthus Seed To Flower. Cut off the old flower spikes after the flowers fade and before they begin to dry and set seeds. Add a small amount of perlite to promote drainage. If the weather is turning cold you can collect seed prematurely and store the whole seedhead in a paper bag but its preferable to let the seed ripen on the plant.
Patrick Fairweather explains how to look after your Agapanthus to get them flowering year after year. This tall variety makes a big impact when planted in bold swathes or potted up into substantial pots. Be sure the tray has drainage holes in the bottom.
Agapanthus range in height some are quite small 20-60cm 8in-2ft. Although dividing clumps of plants is the most common method of agapanthus propagation growing agapanthus from seed is a simple project that even novice gardeners can master. Part-shade to full sun will be tolerated by agapanthus.
Use the shorter ones at the front of the border taller ones to the middle of the border. Agapanthus are either evergreen or deciduous. Loved for their loose globe-shaped summer flower heads in blues lilacs and whites theyre ideal specimens for containers.
These form above the strap-shaped glossy green leaves on top of sturdy upright stems and can last for several weeks before they start to fade. Once established Agapanthus have a low water requirement making them drought hardy. Agapanthus are known for their large blue drumstick-headed flowers in summer.
Flower colour is key. Remove the seeds from the split pods. The pink-tinged agapanthus varieties are sterile and can only be grown through aseptic techniques tissue-culture not from seed therefore anyone claiming to supply pink flowering agapanthus seeds should be treated suspiciously as they are often also the same sellers selling blue raspberries and black strawberries also clearly fake products.
Choose a place in the garden that gets full sun to part shade. The frosted form of an agapanthus seedhead Deadheading agapanthus does not as in other plants have any bearing on the production of new flowers. Once you have removed the agapanthus seed pods from the plant place them in a paper bag and store them in a dry location until the pods split open.
Hollyhocks are biennial plants. Be sure to remove spent flowers. Ensure that there is plenty of space for it to bulk out.
Be sure to remove spent flowers even for sterile varieties as like most flowering plants this process encourages the production of more flowers. However unless you want agapanthus seedlings emerging from every nook and cranny you may wish to remove spent heads to prevent seeds being broadcast across the garden. Put the harvested pods in a paper bag with slits for air circulation to finish drying.
The commonly grown agapanthus form clumps up to a metre across and plants in flower can be a metre or more tall. Agapanthus also commonly known as African lily are perennials native to South Africa. Agapanthus are easy to grow from seed and you may get flowering plants in as little as two years.
They will thrive in fertile well-drained soil with plenty of sun and. How to Grow Agapanthus From Seed. There are inky blues pale sapphires purples and whites.
Snip through the stem with shears near its base where it emerges from the plant. Tall vigorous and dazzlingly architectural this clump-forming perennial produces massive flower heads up to 30cm12 across of dark-veined cobalt blue flowers from mid summer. Wait until the seed pods turn brown but before they split open.
When they split open gather the seed for planting. Prune out dead or damaged leaves at any time with clean shears. Agapanthus is easy to grow from seed but the plants will not bloom for a few years.
To ensure a good display the following year keep plants moist until autumn after flowers start to fade which will encourage the development of new flower buds. They make an excellent cut flower. These smaller varieties are also a great choice to edge a garden bed.
Evergreen forms are more tender and usually need the shelter of a greenhouse from early winter to spring. Remove the plant from the container gently tease the roots. Plant agapanthus in a suitable location.
Fill a planting tray with good quality compost-based potting mix. While others can grow up to 15 m 5ft. While some varieties are sterile many self-seed so removing finished flowers will stop them spreading where theyre not welcome.
As the shade increases though the flowering will decrease so bear this in mind when selecting a spot. Place the seeds in a sealed container and store them in a cool dry place until spring. They may take up to three years to become the thing of beauty you see in the picture above.
Remove the leaves at their base and discard or compost them. Most agapanthus are hardy and their leaves die down in winter. Agapanthus can be reluctant to flower if subjected to drought conditions after flowering.
These South African perennial plants are equally suitable for borders and large containers. All sizes can be grown in containers. Cut down spent flower stems unless you are drying them to use for decoration.
Sow the seeds above next spring they will produce lots of growth next year but youll have to wait another year until 2013 for the plant to flower. Agapanthus look great when planted with drifts of ornamental grasses sun-loving rudbeckias and goldenrod Solidago. How to grow agapanthus in your garden.
The seeds can be dried and germinated and they will grow into bulbs that will in turn grow into the perennial beauty that will come back year after year. For smaller areas and for pots there are dwarf and miniature agapanthus varieties that only grow to 45cm high in flower. Nigella is an annual grows and flowers in the same year then dies after flowering so plant seeds next spring for a gorgeous blue flowers in summer.
You can collect seed from your plants. Prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver Plant Fertiliser. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball.