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Agapanthus - hardy African lily

Agapanthus African Lily Lubera

Agapanthus, also known as the African lily, with its elegant spherical flowers on high stalks, gives every terrace and balcony an elegant, exotic flair. These plants are, in addition to being ideal for planting in pots, extremely well suited for impressive group plantings in the garden, or as solitary perennial plants in decorative pots on the terrace.

   
 
Agapanthus 'Flower of Love'

African lily 'Flower of Love'

£21.90 *

Agapanthus 'Lapis Lazuli'

African lily 'Lapis Lazuli'

£21.90 *

Agapanthus 'Northern Star'

African lily 'Northern Star'

£21.90 *

Agapanthus 'Silver Baby'

African lily 'Silver Baby'

£21.90 *

Agapanthus 'Twister'

African lily 'Twister'

£21.90 *

Agapanthus africanus 'Black Buddist'

African lily 'Black Buddist': a robust ornamental lily with purple-blue flower balls

From £17.40 *

   
 

More information about Agapanthus - hardy ornamental lilies

 

The long-stemmed flower balls of the beautiful African lily shine from afar, in a wide variety of shades of blue to pure white specimens.

 

 

From the Lubera® garden shopAgapanthus African Lily Lubera

 

Agapanthus has fleshy roots and leaves that can make them susceptible to frost damage. The hardiest species are those whose foliage dies in the winter. As soon as they are established, these will survive our mild climatic conditions. Evergreen species are more delicate and their leaves can be damaged by frost, so a mulch layer of straw or fleece is advisable when the plants are very young. Established clumps of this evergreen plant can withstand -10°C to -15°C if the soil is well-drained, but the number of flowers may be reduced a little in the following year if the winter has been harsh. Planting in front of a protected warm house wall can reduce the likelihood of frost damage. If you want to be on the safe side, overwinter this plant in a cool but bright room. You can find a great number of African lily varieties here in the Lubera® garden shop. You will find white varieties such as the beautiful 'Silver Baby', as well as classic blue types such as 'Lapis Lazuli'.

 

Planting direct outside

 

Soil: Agapanthus thrives in well-drained soil, in a location that receives sun for most of the day. In heavy soils, you should mix in clay granules when planting in order to improve drainage and ventilation; otherwise, the fleshy roots will rot quickly.

The planting distance for planting outdoors is 30 cm for dwarf varieties. Larger species should not be less than 60 cm apart.

 

Planting in pots

 

Evergreen varieties are particularly suitable to be kept in pots so that they can be taken to a conservatory or greenhouse for wintering.

Substrate: use a slow-release clay compost or good rose soil with clay as the potting substrate.

Repotting: plants whose pots are overfilled with roots should be re-potted in the spring. Select the new pot only slightly larger (3-4 cm from the root ball to the pot edge).

Fertilisation: Agapanthus are quite hungry plants. For best results, use a multi-nutrient slow-release fertiliser that you work lightly into the topsoil layer of the plant. It is best used in March and then repeated in May and August. Alternatively, you can use liquid fertiliser for potted plants, e.g. tomato fertiliser that contains high levels of potassium. This promotes the number of flowers and lets the colour shine. Avoid fertilising plants that have too much nitrogen or you will encourage lush foliage at the expense of flowers.

Pruning: flower stalks should be cut after flowering unless you plan to leave them for the winter as interesting structures in the snowy garden. In this case, cut out any dead material in early spring.

Dividing and promoting flowering: plants that do not want to bloom or whose pots are overflowing with roots can be divided in late summer after flowering or in the spring. Large plants can be pulled apart with two planting forks after digging them out of the ground or potting them. The African lily does not like to be in pots that are too big, as this encourages leaf growth rather than flower production.

Ideal conditions for them are where root development is restricted, but the plants are well watered and fertilised during the growing season.

The belief that flower production is maximised when the roots emerge from the pot is incorrect.

 

History

 

The name Agapanthus is derived from the Greek language. L'Héritier, the French botanist, created a new name for the previously differently designated plant genus, from the Greek words agápe (love) and ánthos (flower).

From the second half of the 17th century, the Agapanthus found its way to Europe from its homeland, the then Dutch Cape Colony in South Africa, and initially caused a sensation in Dutch gardens. In Germany, the earliest evidence of the African lily dates back to 1699. In the 19th century, the African lily was already very common in Europe, but because of its sensitivity to frost, it was mostly limited to parks and larger gardens with orangeries or corresponding overwintering areas.

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