can't get bulbs to flower!!!! (for years) agapanthus

Asked April 5, 2018, 1:37 PM EDT

I have these planted in the garden in a protected south-eastern exposure - also dropped pots of them into the soil - bulbs are beautiful - so are the leaves - never any flowers??? Could it be not enough sun - feed - help. Thank you.

Anne Arundel County Maryland bulbs plant care flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials

1 Response

There are several factors that can affect blooming and it can be difficult to pinpoint an exact cause if the plants fail to bloom. The bulbs should be set about 2 inches below ground -- not too deep. During the growing season, these require regular watering and must not be allowed to dry out. In the winter, they do not like to be too wet -- don't water or feed at that time. They need a well-drained soil, rich with organic matter and slightly acidic. You can apply a general purpose slow-release fertilizer in the spring when the plants are actively growing. If you grow them in containers, allow them to become root-bound before dividing because the roots do not like to be disturbed. They can benefit from some shade in the afternoon where the climate is hot. Those are some things you can try to initiate blooming. Good luck. They are beautiful plants!