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9cm Agapanthus - Hayloft

joepatrjoepatr Posts: 23
I saw in this month's GW magazine an advert from Hayloft for three 9cm potted agapanthus "Twister" for £18 plus £4.95 P&P.

Given that a single bulb can cost around £5 even in the shops like Wilko I thought this wasn't a bad deal, especially given that it's way too late to plant bulbs or fleshy rhizomes right now!

Does anyone know anything about these plants and this company, will they flower this year if I plant them in a container as soon as I get them? I bought one of a different variety about this time last year and it flowered in the summer, but it was in a one litre pot. 

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  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003
    I've ordered from them, plants were fine considering the long journey.   I would plant them into bigger pots, 9cm is quite small to put in the garden.
  • Sazz101Sazz101 Posts: 245
    Hello Joepatr. I can’t speak for the agapanthus from Hayloft specifically, but my advice would be to email and ask. I bought 6 x 2 litre  blueberry plants from them earlier this year. The pic was of bushy plants. It mentioned they wouldn’t flower until next year. what arrived was 6 stumps. I’ll include a pic of the one that hasn’t started growing. Probably dead. 



    I’ve had a better experience with them too. 

    Agapanthus. My MIL gave me some she planted from seed last year which would fill9cm pots now. No way will they flower this year.My mature agapanthus are sending buds up now 3 x the size.  Hope this helps. 
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,831
    I have only used Hayloft once (last Autumn), to buy 5 geraniums (for about £20 I think).  The plug plants that arrived were the tiniest imaginable, and were in little plastic containers about the size of a large grape (I kid you not).  I have managed to keep 4 alive, but lost one.  A couple of the ones that are alive (9 months later) are still very small, and at this stage I am just focusing on keeping them alive, rather than expecting flowers.  Others may have had better experiences with them, but I wouldn't use them again.

    My Agapanthus (not from the above company) haven't begun to send up their flower stalks yet, and the foliage is still relatively small, so there is a possibility the ones you are thinking of buying might flower this season.  If you do go ahead with the purchase, don't put them in a pot which is too big for them (smaller is better).  Do water regularly, and give them a weekly feed (tomato feed or similar is better, to promote flowering).  Keep up with the weekly feed even after flowering, until Winter.  That way you will be more likely to get more flowers next year.
  • lilysillylilysilly Posts: 511
    They won't flower this year from a 9cm pot. I bought two online a few years back, the spring after Twister was launched  . They took another two summers to bulk up enough to flower. My plants arrived very healthy and thrived, with regular potting on and feeding. I didn't use Hayloft.  I used Van Meuwen.  l purchased from as they were on offer and had no p&p at the time. 
    Last summer B&Q had large agapanthus Twister plants , with lots of flower stems for sale. I think a 2, maybe 3 litre pot for a tenner. I would wait and check them out and see if they have them again, if you have a store near you. They often sell popular varieties year on year. 
     My Twister plant is slower to get going again in spring than many other of my agapanthus varieties and has not put up flower stems yet. It is a very pretty variety .
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,048
    FYI primrose sell larger agapanthus in a 3 litre pot. Not cheap at £20 but always an option if you want flowers.

    I just bought fireworks.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,870
    Twister is a fairly new variety and a fairly unusual colour combo, so it's always expensive. 
    I paid £22 + VAT  for a 3l potted one from a wholesale nursery last year.
    Devon.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,690
    edited June 2020
    I bought 3x 9cm Agapanthus Navy Blue from Longacres a couple of years back, 2.99 each. I initially planted 3 in a pot. There may have been 1 flower head the first year but they filled the pot to bursting point and flowered like mad the second year.

    If you want flowers this year you're better off popping down to the GC and picking up 2 - 3l stock.
    "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour". 
  • The RHS list 31 mail order suppliers, try a specialist instead of the fairly useless Hayloft https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/Nurseries-Search-Result?query=335518&name=&view=listView
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    @Sazz101. Hayloft will honour that dead plant if you contact them, they’re very good. 
    Ive only ever bought Hellebores from them when they were on a very cheap offer, all plants were very good. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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