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Agapanthus - African Lily
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In the UK this specie is a half hardy - hardy perennial, requiring a sheltered location with some winter protection, particularly in northern parts.
This strap leafed evergreen, grows to around 700mm high, bearing 50-70mm spherical umbels of flowers in July.
The seed heads can be dried for winter decoration.
Plant out the crowns 50mm deep and 500mm apart in a fertile, well-drained soil, in April
(if weather conditions allow).
Keep well watered during growing season, and cut faded stems down to ground level after flowering.
In exposed areas protect the crowns from October-April
with a layer of bracken, straw or cloches
Propagation x division
Divide and replant in April/May if conditions allow.
Propagation x seed
Sow seed during April in pots/trays of seed compost, maintaining a minimum
temperature of 13*C (55F).
When large enough to handle, prick out the seedlings into 70mm pots of Ji No1 (or similar) then later into 150mm pots containing Ji No2
Overwinter the plants in a frost-free greenhouse or cold frame and plant out the following spring when danger of frost is over.
n.b. seedlings may take two or three years to reach flowering size.