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lmeehan81
Apr 26, 2014 12:47 PM CST
I have an Agapanthus in a pot which I have had for the last 3 years. And it has never flowered. !!!!. It is very healthy. Thank You.
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dave
Apr 26, 2014 12:49 PM CST

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I have an agapanthus that never flowers and it is in shade most of the day. I suspect if I moved it out into a sunny spot with good soil and adequate water, it'll bloom for me again.
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Xeramtheum
Apr 26, 2014 12:51 PM CST
Mine seem to like lots of sun, water and leg room.
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Dutchlady1
Apr 26, 2014 2:01 PM CST
Xeramtheum said:Mine seem to like lots of sun, water and leg room.


Sun, water and legroom is the answer!


lmeehan81
Apr 26, 2014 3:12 PM CST
Thank you. all. Smiling
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Xeramtheum
Apr 26, 2014 4:09 PM CST
You are quite welcome and welcome to ATP!
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Dutchlady1
Apr 26, 2014 4:18 PM CST
I agree Welcome!
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tarev
Apr 26, 2014 6:19 PM CST
I grow mini-Agapanthus in containers. So far I have observed that they need at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight, so you can get many bloomstalks. In my garden it only gets 4 to 6 hours but still manages it, I just put it in the sunniest area of my garden. Over here where we are almost always dry, it surely likes being watered. But once it is well established it is drought tolerant. That's why I like it too for its drought tolerant attribute.

I see a lot of the regular Agapanthus in parking lot islands here and in front yards, and they do bask in full sun..so maybe position your plant in a sunnier side to get some blooms out. I get my blooms in June, so that is really hot weather days here where we get triple digit heat and lots of sun too.
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Deebie
Apr 26, 2014 6:40 PM CST
@Xeramtheum & Dutchlady, sun, water and leg room for blooms. Does that only apply to plants in pots? Do they do well in the ground also?
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Dutchlady1
Apr 26, 2014 6:56 PM CST
Oh I have everything in the ground here.
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Xeramtheum
Apr 26, 2014 8:02 PM CST
Me too.
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 27, 2014 8:50 AM CST
Mine do well in a huge pot. When I tried them in the ground they died out despite lots of sun water and legroom.

Also in my experience they do not like to be divided or moved. Mine sulked and did not bloom the year after I potted it up even though it literally broke out of its previous pot.

I think they bloom best when they have made friends - a clump that is. Big Grin
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Deebie
Apr 27, 2014 9:07 PM CST
Thanks, everyone. I do have a couple in the ground. But, I heard that they bloom more when they are rootbound. I guess that means when the clump gets big enough, then.
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tarev
Apr 27, 2014 9:36 PM CST
That is true, it likes to be root bound Smiling
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chelle
Apr 13, 2015 11:30 AM CST
I just potted up my first Agapanthus Storm Cloud in a container twice the size of its shipping pot, and I used compost. Do y'all think this will be too rich or too roomy for my short growing season?
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plantladylin
Apr 13, 2015 12:27 PM CST
I've grown Agapanthus for quite a few years but they never seem to bloom well and I figured it was because they might prefer dryer conditions. Whenever we visit Southern California in the summer months it seems there are large beds of Agapanthus everywhere in full, glorious bloom! This photo was taken in San Diego, July 2010:
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needrain
Apr 13, 2015 2:04 PM CST
Mine did pretty well growing in a large clay pot after being dumped out of the black plastic one it came in the year prior. It bloomed, even after some rough handling to get it into three separate plants. It grew in dappled shade, but it got some direct high west sun in the early part of the growing season when it bloomed. Eventually some cannas grew tall and blocked the sun, but bloom was finished. So far this year it's sitting in full sun, but the leaves keep fading to a lighter green. I think for this part of Texas, it's probably getting too much sun. Ultimately I'll move it where it gets a lot of morning sun and dappled shade the rest of the day. As far as water, that was erratic. I could never tell if it was just running through the pot or actually getting the soil damp. The leaf structure over the edge of the pots acted like down spouts that channeled water to the outside of the pot. Might as well have had gargoyles on them Smiling . And I was a bit erratic about trying to give it water because I was - and am - unsure about how much and how often it likes to receive it. Sometimes it acted like it was getting too much and other times it seemed to not be getting enough. Both may have been true.
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 13, 2015 4:20 PM CST
My Agapanthus like to bloom better and better as they get crowded in their pot. They don't do well in the ground here, maybe as Lin says because it's too wet in the summer.

So, I'm saying first, a moisture-retentive potting mix might not be the greatest thing, maybe mix in some Perlite or other airy stuff while you have the chance. Second, don't be surprised if they don't bloom this year. Mine always seem to pout a bit when I have to re-pot them, so I just leave them alone and let them get really cozy in that pot before I do anything. All I do is each spring I add some new potting soil to the top of the pot, amended with alfalfa pellets and a tablespoon of pelleted fert, and wash it down into the pot with the hose. They seem to like it.

Donald, yes I agree, they don't seem to like full sun here, although in California they seem to do fine. Maybe it's their air pollution? Mine get morning sun only and other than through hot, dry spring weather I don't water them either.

There are two types in this pot, a tall one and a shorter one and they bloom at different times. These are the short ones.


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chelle
Apr 13, 2015 5:42 PM CST
Thank you! I'll do that. Thumbs up
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orchidgal
Apr 13, 2015 9:17 PM CST
My agapanthus did so well for a couple of years and now I just seem to get a lot of healthy leaves and just a few small flowers. Someone told me that after a while, in our sandy soil, the bulbs start to sink a little to deep and they need to be raised up (same with Amaryllis). Well, it is on my list of to-do's. But there would be quite a lot digging involved and you've just got to get in the right mood (and it hasn't hit me yet !).
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