Gardening Tips : How to Grow Lily-of-the-Nile (Agapanthus)

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This is Yolanda Vanveen from Vanveenbulbs.


We're going to learn all about how to grow Agapanthus or Lily-of-the Nile.

It's a beautifulsun flower or beautiful sun plant from South Africa.

It grows really well in almost anyclimate.

So, the Agapanthus is considered a bulb in the northwest, because it goes dormantin the winter.

So, I sell it as a bulb.

It's just a root and it has an eye, this is wherethe growth was coming up.

So, I can turn around and dig it up and separate it from other bulbsor separate it from other parts of the Agapanthus very easily.

So, as long as they meet, youcan see where all the root meet, you can dig that back up and plant it again.

When I plantit it's about three inches deep.

So, don't plant it too deeply.

Another trick I've learnedwith anything that has lots of blooms or anything that is rooty is they've got to be crowdedto bloom.

So, I would put at least three or four roots together almost touching.

As youcan see from this container there's probably fifty to a hundred starts in there and it'sgiving me two blooms that are almost done.

It needs to be crowded to bloom.

It lovesto be crowded.

So, the more crowded it is the happier it is.

So, in order to get bloomsquicker start with at least three to five in one area.

So, if you put one by itselfsometimes it takes two or three years to bloom.

Don't be disappointed if they don't bloomthe first year, because they have to have masses of roots to get lots of blooms.

That'swhy you see them on the side of the road in California.

There's just tons of blooms andthere's tons of starts.

They like to be crowded, so the key with them is to crowd them outto start and you'll get blooms much quicker.

Put them in as much sun as you can put themin.

They love hot, hot full sun.

They do not do well in shade.

They won't bloom in shadeand they don't get hot enough.

So, put them in as much heat as you can.

But, saying thatI do know a big group of Agapanthus near Portland that their right on the edge of a bridge andthe house has got street on all four sides with some big pine trees.

They're thriving.

They're full shade, but they're thriving; tons and tons of blooms because they're crowded.

They've been there a while.

They've been got the heat.

So, it's not really sun shade, itshot cold.

So, put them in the hottest area you can find and they'll do really well.

Theybloom every summer.

Hummingbirds love them and they're really easy, easy plants.

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