Waterlogged Peter Pan… Agapanthus, that is

“I received a gift of small agapanthus(Peter Pan) and put in a pot in my greenhouse when it arrived. One bulb out of 3 grew 1/4″ since then.  The others have not grown at all. I repotted them and there is no sign of them growing. I have grown the large agapanthus for years without difficulty. What are your thoughts? Thank you. ~Patty”


Hi Patty,

Thanks for contacting me via Facebook regarding your agapanthus.  The only thing I can think of is that the soil may have been too wet.  When initially starting to grow after planting, agapanthus are really finicky being too wet.  If they are already established and it is too wet, they will make do.  Agapanthus thrives in fertile, well-drained, but
moisture-retentive soil.

If you plan to try to repot them and they are not rotted/dead, you should put each into a 8-9in pot in diameter and fill with potting soil. They will grow best in a light, dry area. Do not overpot agapanthus by putting all three in the pot, or there is a risk they may not grow because they feel overcrowded.


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