Growing agapanthus

All of us get excited when we visit a well maintained flower garden.

We get excited because of the beauty we behold…

The sight of the abundance of plants of every shape, color and size arranged so well that all of it forms a cohesive unit…

Gets our spirits lifted.

And for a moment, you forget the stresses of life as you gaze on the beauty.

That’s why some people have made the creation and maintenance of gardens a favorable past time activity.

and my friend that’s is a tough job.

These people have to work in adverse weather most of the time.

They find themselves working in the cold weather, hot sun, or in the rain.

Sometimes they have to work in dusty or muddy conditions.

That’s not all.

They have to spend a lot of time thinking about what to grow.

Why?

There are hundreds of thousands of plants from which to choose.

As a gardener makes his choice, he has to consider the unique characteristics of every plant to be grown in the garden.

For example:

  • The form of the plant

Is it upright, trailing, what the maximum height it can attain?

Secondly he has to consider if the plant is a flowering plant.

If so, what is the color of the flowers?

Thirdly he has to establish whether the plant is an evergreen or deciduous.

Finally, he has to consider the impact of these plants to the environment.

For example, are the plants invasive in nature, what is the effect of the plants to buildings, the soil and to animals.

That said about plants and their impact on gardens…

In this article I will discuss about Agapanthus.

What is The Agapanthus Plant?

It is one among the thousands of flowering plants that can be used to give color to a flower garden.

For those growers who may wish to put a touch of blue in their gardens, consider planting Agapanthus at your home.

This plant produces elegant blue or white umbellate flowers on tall flower stalks.

The amazing thing with this plant is that it flowers throughout the year.

You know what this means? You will have a burst blue color throughout the year if your farm is in the tropics.

For those in temperate regions, you can still enjoy the blue color during warm summer days.

I recommend this flowering plant as it is fast growing, disease resistant, easy to maintaining and propagating and is drought tolerant.

Soil Requirements for Growing Agapanthus Plants

Agapanthus grows in a wide range of soils.

It can grow in the loamy soils (the perfect soil for plant), It can also tolerant the sandy soil and clay soils.

Agapanthus Varieties Available Around the World

The most popular and widely grown are the evergreen Agapanthus praecox species and its numerous cultivars.

The height of agapanthus ranges from 10 cm tall miniatures to 2 meters tall giants and their colors vary from shades of blue to pure white.

Other Recommended Species

  • Cape Agapanthus (Agapanthus africanussubs africanas)

This variety has spreading, deep blue open flowers on rounded umbels reaching 30 cm across.

This species is endemic to the Fynbos region of the Western Cape.

This is the most widespread variety in Kenya.

  • Fynbos Agapanthus (Agapanthus africanuswalshii)

has longer drooping flowers and shorter leaves.

It occurs naturally in the Granbouw district in south Africa.

  • Eastern cape Agapanthus (Agapanthus praecox)

most popular and widespread species ranging from the western cape to Kwazulu natal with many local forms and cultivars.

Its leaves reach 60 cm and its umbels are borne on flower stalks 80-100 cm tall the blue (or rarely white) flowers and more than 5 cm long. 

Agapanthus praecox subspecies orientalis is the most popular-Mt Thomas has deep blue flowers.

  • Knysa Agapanthus–Agapanthus praecox subs minimus Agapanthus comptonii)

is smaller and lacking in growth of the former.

Its inflorescence may grow up to 60 cm tall and the pale flowers reach 4.5 cm long.

It is confined to the eastern margin of the Western Cape and southern coastal region of the Eastern Cape.

Recommended cultivars are Alelaide and Storms River.

  • Highveld Agapanthus (Agapanthus campunulatus)

 has 50 cm tall, slightly grey green leaves.

The umbels reach 20 cm in diameter on stalks 70 cm tall with pale to blue spreading flowers.

It naturally occurs in grassland in the Drankensberg (Kwa zulu natal) and eastern free state to near Johannesburg (Gauteng) in the north.

Recommended cultivars have white stripped leaves.

  • Drankensberg Agapanthus (Agapanthus caulescenssyn Agapanthus nutans has 60 cm tall, glossy bright-green leaves in clusters.

The umbels reach 20 cm in diameter, on stalks 60-130 cm tall with deep blue to violet (rarely white) spreading flowers.

It occurs among grassland along the northern Drankensberg of Mpumalanga and Northern Province.

  • Graskop Agapanthus (Agapanthus inapertussubsp pendulus) differs by its smaller heads of drooping flowers.

This beautiful and popular plant occurs in the Sabie/Graskop district of Mpumalanga.

Other subspecies include Agapanthus inapertus subsp hollandii and Agapanthus inapertus subsp intermedius.

Propagation of the Agapanthus Plant

During flowering, capsules are produced and when mature, they explode and release black flat seeds that are wind dispersed.

This plant can be propagated from seed or division of the rhizomes.

New plants generated from seeds take longer to flower compared to those raised from the rhizomes.

Can You Agapanthus as a Cut Flower in A Flower arrangement?

Agapanthus, with its graceful clusters of trumpet-shaped blooms, is a captivating presence in gardens worldwide.

The question of whether agapanthus can be used as a cut flower is a fascinating exploration into the practicality and aesthetics of incorporating this horticultural gem into floral arrangements.

In the realm of cut flowers, agapanthus offers a unique charm.

So the following Agapanthus Features Make It Worthy of Consideration in Cut Flower Arrangements
  • The plant boasts long, sturdy stems that provide an excellent foundation for creating elegant bouquets.
  • The blooms, which come in a range of hues from deep blue to pristine white, lend themselves well to diverse floral compositions.

Picture a vase adorned with the vibrant, spherical clusters of agapanthus blossoms – an embodiment of nature’s artistry.

  • Long vase life

From a practical standpoint, the longevity of agapanthus as a cut flower is noteworthy.

The blooms have a remarkable staying power, maintaining their freshness and allure for an extended period.

This durability adds to the appeal of using agapanthus in floral arrangements for various occasions.

Whether adorning a dining table, brightening up a living room, or gracing a special event, agapanthus holds its own as a reliable and visually striking choice.

Compatible with different floral companions.

The slender, arching leaves provide an elegant backdrop for other blooms, creating a harmonious interplay of colors and shapes.

Imagine a bouquet where agapanthus, paired with delicate wildflowers or bold roses, weaves a tapestry of natural beauty.

The possibilities for creative expression with agapanthus in the realm of cut flowers are truly boundless.

  • Beyond its aesthetic and practical attributes, the symbolism associated with agapanthus adds another layer of significance.

Often representing love, loyalty, and the beauty of life, agapanthus-infused arrangements carry a deeper meaning, making them suitable for a range of heartfelt occasions.

Whether celebrating a joyous event or expressing sympathy, the inclusion of agapanthus adds a touch of sentiment and elegance to the message conveyed through flowers.

  • Cultivating agapanthus for cut flowers also aligns with sustainable and eco-friendly practices.

The plant’s hardiness and adaptability make it a low-maintenance choice for both seasoned gardeners and those just beginning their horticultural journey.

The ability of agapanthus to thrive in various climates and soil conditions contributes to its appeal as a sustainable cut flower option, aligning with the growing demand for environmentally conscious choices.

Conclusion:

The question of whether agapanthus can be used as a cut flower unveils a realm of possibilities that seamlessly blend the practical with the aesthetic.

With its enduring beauty, versatility, and symbolic significance, agapanthus emerges as a captivating choice for those seeking to infuse their floral arrangements with a touch of natural splendor.

So, the next time you find yourself contemplating a bouquet, consider the allure of agapanthus – a floral treasure waiting to be embraced and celebrated in the art of cut flowers.