With a date as important as yesterday (Valentine’s Day) how we did not have to dedicate it to the agapanthus or flower of love. A new species of African origin perfect to incorporate into the garden with large, purple flowers and very little care. It’s time to grow agapanto!
GETTING TO KNOW THE AGAPANTHUS A LITTLE MORE
Due to the curious shape of its flower, tall due to a long stem that supports it, it is perfect for cutting and displaying as an ornamental . It has its origin in South Africa ( Agapanthus africanus) and was incorporated into European crops from the seventeenth century. With good care, the flower is capable of reaching heights of 1 meter or more, while the annual leaves will not grow more than 30 cm.
CLIMATE AND SOIL REQUIREMENTS
The agapanthus is a plant that requires a great deal of light. If we are in a very hot region, we must place it in semi-shady areas, since direct exposure can burn the leaves. As for the cold temperatures, it is very rustic and supports frosts of 10-15º C below zero.
As for the soil, it is usually a rustic and resistant crop and adapts to large types of soils. Clay soils are the most recommended for growing agapanthus, permeable and well drained. Also if you add organic matter to the soil periodically it will benefit you and you will notice it in the well-being of the plant.
IRRIGATION OF AGAPANTHUS
It does not require a large dose of water . You can keep the soil moist by watering 2 or 3 times a week, depending on how hot or cold it is. During flowering, irrigation must be increased in order to prolong flower production, coinciding with the high summer temperatures.
One method that works well for agapanthus is to mulch the ground around the plant in summer. It will conserve much more moisture in the soil and will keep the plant hydrated at all times until the next watering arrives.
The multiplication of the agapanthus is carried out by division of tubers, in early March or early spring. This plant blooms from summer to early autumn, with the arrival of the cold, so we ensure a flowering for several months.
Do you want to have a plant with large flowers and durable throughout the summer, rustic and with little care? Grow agapanthus.