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Subject: agapanthus
From: Doug (
Zone: 6
Date: 10-Mar-05 08:02 AM EST

I have a lily of the nile (agapanthus) I bought last year as a tiny seedling (2" pot). It has survived as a house plant all winter in a very bright sunny location. Now it has grown quite a bit bigger (12" leaves) in a 6" pot. When I put it outside should I put it in a bigger pot, and will it bloom this year? I never thought it would survive in the house all winter so I am quite happy. Thanks.

Subject: RE: agapanthus
From: dm
Zone: 3
Date: 20-Mar-05 11:04 AM EST

Congratulations! I don't know if your plant is large enough to bloom, but it might be. I tried growing agapanthus for a few years, babying it indoors over winter, and only ever got one flower stalk from it. However, I'm in a much colder zone than you, and my growing period was probably too short.

As for repotting your plant, I understand that agapanthus likes to be root bound in order to bloom. I'd leave it in its 6" pot, for now. When you bring it back indoors for the winter (if that's what you're intending), you could put it in a larger pot, with fresh soil, then. That would also help get rid of any bugs that might have taken up residence in the soil over summer.

Good luck. Hope you get lots of blooms.

Subject: RE: agapanthus
From: doug (
Zone: 6
Date: 21-Mar-05 11:42 AM EST

Thanks. I've got my fingers crossed. I'll try to remember to post an outcome of this experiment.

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