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Small blooms on agapanthus

i have some agapanthus in pots with a little overcrowded could this be why I have small blood this year although they were fine last year. Any help appreciated


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,164

    I doubt it will be the pot size as they can grow happily in confined spaces but contrary to what is said about Agapanthus they do not have to be overcrowded to do well. My Agapanthus have less flowers this year than last and I suspect it may have something to do with the erratic weather we have had. Just keep feeding and watering, this may not produce huge flowers but at least it IS flowering! image

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    I think it's just been a bad year for them.  Agapanthus are originally from South Africa and need lots of sun to bloom well.  My well established patch sent up about 15-20 heads last year as it always does.  This year it has just 2 and those look a bit puny.

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  • Cambridgerose12Cambridgerose12 Posts: 1,119

    I wonder whether this might be feeding. They form flower buds the previous year, so as Ladybird says, try giving them plenty of nourishment from now on to encourage the plant to form strong buds. I'm not sure this will work. I am growing all mine in pots and the only one that I have had for long enough to have filled out the pot properly is doing about the same as last year. They come, some of the parent species, from the Nile floodplain so are used to a really rich diet and plenty of moisture that drains away as the temperature rises, when they flower, set seed, then rest until next year. I have become completely potty about them!

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,044

    I'm with Lady and Rose 12, ( sorry Bob )

    Flowering seems , IMHO, to be factored more by last Autumn's weather than this summer's. 

    Watering and feeding, especially in late summer seems to be the key.

    I have about 60 plants, all in pots, none are crowded , or rootbound and most are flowering well this year, even those I split in Spring ( another myth that they don't flower the year of splitting )

  • Celia24Celia24 Posts: 2

    Thank you all for replying so promptly. Originally my agapanthus plants last year were in my front sunny gardening Essex. I do not do anything to them not even feed. In fact I had 159 blooms all quit large. We then moved so I gave lots away and then ended up with 12 large pots. I now live in Lincolnshire but of course the plants all have Essex clay in the pots. One pot no flowers at ll and as I sai previously the others are very small. One pot has 23 blooms. So as you say could this be the weather we have had this year.

    many thanks for your replies.

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