Caring for Agapanthus
Flower Care & Conditioning:
Agapanthus has trumpet shaped flowers with strap shaped leaves. They are a member of the lily family and originate from South Africa. Today, cultivation mainly occurs in Holland. The most popular varieties are the Blue Triumphator, Blue Globe, and Umbellatus Albus. The stem length is usually long enough that these will work well in large-scale designs.
- Use an all-purpose preservative during initial hydration to help the flowers open.
- Agapanthus flowers respond very well to anti-ethylene treatment.
- Always cut the stems at a sharp angle, this allows water to be absorbed more efficiently without resting flush against the bottom of the container. Place stem directly into the deepest amount of water possible. It only takes a minute for the stem to seal, so have your containers ready prior to cutting. Clean up any leaves or flowers that might sit in the water to avoid bacteria build up.
- The water temperature should be comfortably warm, cold water should be avoided as flowers cannot readily absorb it and water that is too hot can shock the flower.
- Pinch or trim off spent blossoms and leaves to encourage other blossoms to open and increase the longevity of the flowers. Leaving the dying blossoms on takes energy from the rest of the flower, which can slow or stop the blooming of the rest of the flower.
- Change the water every couple days (or whenever the water appears cloudy) with a fresh cut and stem clean up to help with absorption.
- Store agapanthus at a temperature of about 39-41° degrees. If they stored too cold, the flower may take on a reddish tint.
- Agapanthus flowers will shed some petals, but you can counter some of the loss by recutting the stems frequently to prevent them from drying out.
- Casey Wagner