The Q&A Archives: Lily Of The Nile Propagation

Question: I really like Lily of the Nile specially the ones with bigger and wider leaves. They are so hard to find here in Los Angeles. Most that I find are the ones with thinner and shorter leaves.

My question is....Is there a way that I can propagate the ones I have so I can have more of them in my back yard?

Answer: Agapanthus, also known as Blue African Lily or Lily of the Nile, can be divided at the end of the season. The plants seem to bloom more prolifically if they are crowded, so divide with caution. Lily of the Nile produces umbels of bell-shaped blue blossoms and the leaves are strap-like, and a glossy bright green. The roots are thick and tuberous and should be divided every few seasons in the spring to maintain vigor. Blooms are great for cutting and container growing especially in northern regions. Best grown in groups. Agapanthus requires rich, humusy, well-drained soil and may be grown in full sun or partial shade. Removal of faded blooms will benefit your plant and stimulate further flower production. Water and fertilize heavily during the growing season.

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