Agapanthus - flower of love
Two years ago, agapantus settled in our house, and he turned out to be an extremely grateful culture. The name of this flower comes from the Greek words agape - love and anthos - flower. In the winter of 2004, we acquired 2 small plants, they were so small that they fit in a 7 cm diameter pot. The birthplace of agapanthus is the Cape of Good Hope. Although this is the African continent, but in climatic conditions it is somewhat similar to the south of Russia. Therefore, in the southern regions of Russia, agapanthus grows in open ground and successfully tolerates mild winters. For our central strip, only pottery content, more precisely, frame content, is suitable. We planted our kids in nutritious black soil with the addition of dung humus. They liked this mixture, very quickly the basal rosettes of leaves began to increase, and by summer the pot became small. The roots literally burst it, they showed their white backs on the surface of the earth, poked their noses out of the drainage hole, and soon the pot completely lost stability.
We thought for a long time what to transplant agapanthus into. In some manuals, it was recommended that the plants be kept in tight pots; in others, they were advised to transplant into spacious containers. In the end, we leaned in favor of a spacious 4-liter pot. Agapanthus were hardly removed from the old pot, their thick roots literally woven into a ball, repeating the shape of the container. They did not begin to separate the plants, as far as possible they straightened the roots and transplanted. For the summer, plants were put in a flower garden in a sunny place. So that the leaves do not get burns from the scorching sun, cloudy days were chosen for permutation. By the fall, our agapanthus acquired the appearance of adult plants. Long (up to 50 cm) strap-like leaves spread out in all directions. The colds were approaching, and before the onset of frost, we returned the plants to the house. For wintering, they were placed on a sunny, but rather cold window sill (winter temperature 5-10 ° C). Watered sparingly, flowers noticeably slowed growth, but did not lose foliage. In spring, the procedure was repeated with a transplant into a larger pot, in the summer - to its former place in the flower garden, and by winter - back to the house. Only this time, the agapanthus got a warm windowsill, which confused them. And in January, peduncles appeared from the basal rosettes.
In nature, agapanthus bloom in the summer, but since we violated the growing conditions, we got winter distillation, which, of course, pleased us. They looked forward to the appearance of flowers. What they will be remained a mystery. When we bought agapanthus, the saleswoman said that they bloom in white or blue. Days of waiting passed, the arrows with buds were growing higher, and now, finally, sky-blue tubular flowers opened on their tops. Each was about 5 cm long. And together they formed openwork balls. In winter, you somehow perceive each green stalk in a special way, and a bouquet of blue lace delights you at all. Our unpretentious "southerners" brightened up the long months of "color starvation."
Agapanthus are quite simple in reproduction: baby plants are formed next to the mother plants, which can be planted in other containers.
We hope that these plants will delight us in the coming years. Perhaps they will interest some of the readers.
© Pat Durkin - Orange County, CA