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May 15, 2016 7:16 PM CST
My agapanthus plants are blooming well, but are starting to fall over on the other blooms. Should I cut the stalks that are falling over or let them be. Is there any way from keeping them from falling over
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Name: Cheryl
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May 15, 2016 11:25 PM CST
What a shame. Can you stake them up and still enjoy the blooms? Could it need more water?
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Name: Art
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May 16, 2016 9:10 AM CST
Hi Carl and Welcome! to NGA

Regarding your agapanthus plants, it could be a water problem; either too much or not enough. Too much water mimics the signs of not enough water. Soil that is too wet won’t have enough air pockets and plants will not be able to breathe by taking up oxygen with their roots.

How have you been watering?
Name: Elaine
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May 16, 2016 9:20 AM CST
There are some clever stem supports you can buy at any of the big box stores that will hold up one heavy stem.

But I agree with Art, I think it's either watering not enough or too much. Looks like they're wet from rain? You can go out and gently! shake the blossoms after the rain stops, to rid them of the excess water that's weighing them down. If it keeps raining, you could spread some plastic around the base of the plant to help the soil dry out a bit. Don't forget to remove it when the weather dries out though.

Agapanthus prefer to be too dry, over too wet most of the time.

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