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I saved some seeds from our agapanthus in Autumn. I have kept them in a paper bag inside a tin so they are dry and not too hot/cold as they are in the garage. When should I sow them? Do they need heat or is an unheated greenhouse OK? Any help/comments would be appreciated.
We collected seeds last year and have kept them in an envelope until April this year, I planted them in a seed tray next to some eucalyptus seeds the euc's have come up and been planted on to 3inch pots and the agapanthus are just starting to show green tips. They are kept in our open loft space, as it's south facing there is plenty of light and heat. Will now have to see how I get on as its the first time of growing these.
I sowed loads of agapanthus seed last spring form seed collected th eprevious year and stored in paper bags. Loads germinated and I potted them on when big enough to handle and gave away about 30 babies. Unfortunately, this winter I have lost all 3 parent plants and all the babies. It wasn't as cold as the previous winters but we did have a nasty cold spell after a warm patch in Feb when things got excited before they should.
fieldfest wrote (see)
brilliant article, now i know how to grow agapanthus I would never have stood a chance without this article! so you have to: a) get some seed, and then b) plant the seed wow!
No you sow seed- not plant them -you plant plants.
lazy gardener wrote (see)
fieldfest wrote (see) brilliant article, now i know how to grow agapanthus I would never have stood a chance without this article! so you have to: a) get some seed, and then b) plant the seed wow! No you sow seed- not plant them -you plant plants.
Touché to the pedant
I was only messing BTW
Just a word of warning that agapanthus can be a bit of a thug. I grew Headborne Hybrids from seed and then more plants from the seeds produced (takes 2-3 years before they flower.) They mature to the flowering stage fastest if the roots are restricted, but if you don't restrict them, the thick fleshy roots can take-over a large area around them. I planted one in a large (1.5m diameter) container and now nothing else will grow in there as the roots have completely filled it! Next time, I'll keep them in pots and bury the pot to the rim when planting agapanthus in borders and large containers!
Hi has anybody got a picture of agapanthus seedlings mine look like clumps of grass
It means just that. Put a thin layer of sharp grit over the compost once the seeds have been sown. It helps keep down algae that can form and also retains moisture and keeps weed seeds out.
Happily for me, one of the friends to whom I gave some babies has returned me a plant in 6" pot. All his babies have produced white flowers but I think I have twins in my pot as there's been a blue flower stem and a white one. I shall leave it in peace for now and see about separating them in spring.
Archer - they do look like grass when small. Pot them on and they'll develop into thicker, stronger strappier foliage and eventually produce flowers.
Sow the seed in a mix of compost and grit, in a pot. Then put a layer of grit on top.
Are you sure your seed is ripe, seeds need to ripen and mature on the plant before they're removed