Agapanthus Seed Starting - Knowledgebase Question

El Cerrito, CA
Question by oski1
September 15, 1998
Do agapanthus flowers produce viable seeds? If so, when should I cut them?


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Answer from NGA
September 15, 1998

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Agapanthus seed pods are ripe when the outer covering has turned tan in color. Harvest by pulling individual pods from the flower stalk. Gently rub the seeds out of the pods. Agapanthus seeds will germinate in 30-90 days if planted in moistened seed starting mix and kept at 60F - 65F degrees. The seeds need light to sprout, so sprinkle seeds on top of the mix and press them in with your hand, just barely covering them. Place plastic wrap over the pots or trays to help hold in moisture, and place in a warm place (on top of the refrigerator) until they sprout. Then remove the plastic and place the seedlings under a source of bright light.

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