How to grow Agapanthus with zero effort-do nothing !

sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

This is a picture of my neighbours Agapanthus which has been in the same spot for 25 years to my knowledge perhaps longer,it has never been fed, never watered and never moved-the only thing that has been done is the seed heads removed after flowering-by me

He is an utter non-gardener and probably doesn't even know what it is called-it is an old buried sink-so if anyone wants to know how to grow a successful Agapanthus this is it-total,total,total neglectimage





  • smallswansmallswan Posts: 84

    That's what I have been doing wrong: I keep noticing mine, so it dies ...I never thought of neglect!

  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    mine is like that.. they love to be compact in the roots and free draing so plug must be out thenimage i have just gorwn some from seeds so rather pleased with that.

    i find they do not need much care.. it got very rotten soggy leaves in may so i just removed htem all and now is going good.

  • happymarionhappymarion Posts: 4,591

    That's what they get in Madeira by the roadsides - total neglect and left to theit own devices like our foxgloves in the hedgerows and verges.

  • Tim BurrTim Burr Posts: 344
    I heard on GQT the other week that those in the know plant agapanthus in the ground still in its pot which the plant loves as it likes its roots to be very restricted. I have my agapanthus growing in a large pot, and every year it seems to improve as more of the pot is taken up.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,772

    I've just treated myself to three agapanthus Midnight Star and planted them together in  one container - a shallow-ish terracotta bowl about 14" across - they look great and have already been adopted as the favourite place to hang out by one of our resident frogs.  Think he'll go underneath  the bowl rather than on top once this rain stops image 

    Although they've got plenty of room at the moment as the pot is quite wide, I'm hoping that as it's fairly shallow they'll soon feel 'pot-bound' and continue to flower well.

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    My agapanthus are doing better than ever this year. I dug them up in late winter, stuffed them in a ferty bag, forgot about them, planted them in pots in April...
  • i think I hate you all image (sorry jealousy is so unbecoming image

    Not a single flower from my one remaining pot this year. The other 4 pots didn't make it through the winter. For the last 10 years or so I have always had the most amazing displays , In fact its only got about 6 leaves on it. I was hoping it was just late - like everything else but after being in Somerset at the weekend where they are all going mad, I think it is just going to be a rubbish year for me this year. 

  • jo4eyesjo4eyes Posts: 2,032

    Dovefromabove- my Midnight Star is a star this year! At the last count 10 flower heads all out.

    All of mine are grown in pots & overwintered in either the cold, very, greenhouse or a coldframe. All the pots are well wrapped up, & covered with a couple of layers of fleece. The evergreen ones do lose the odd leaf, which get removed as & when, but this method works for me.

    I only repot when absolutely nec & try to remember to feed a bit, but yes, no major problems. Am in NWest Sparkle, so if I can do it...... J.

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