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Although the African lily only flowers for a short time in this country, the magnificent flowers are worth every effort. The care of the plants in the tub is not particularly complex, but a few things should be considered, especially during the winter.

How often should African lilies be watered?

From the winter out in April, you should water African lilies extensively at least once a week. Due to the thick roots, the African lily also survives dry phases relatively unscathed. Drainage holes for excess water are important when planting in the bucket, as the roots are sensitive to constant waterlogging. In winter, the species of Agapanthus should be as dry as possible, so do not water them in winter quarters.

When to repot the African lily

The repotting of the African lily ideally takes place in spring, as soon as no more severe frosts are to be expected and the plant can be overwintered. Repotting time is also perfect for propagating African lilies by splitting the rootstock with a saw or axe.

When and how do you cut the African lily?

There is no pruning in the classic sense with the African lily. However, withered inflorescences are removed so that the ripening of the seeds does not consume all the growth energy of the plants. In addition, in the leaf-weeding species, the yellow and dead leaves can be removed before moving to the dark winter quarters.

Deficiency symptoms of the African lily

A problem that often occurs with African lilies is that the plants produce a lot of leaves, but no inflorescences even when they bloom in summer. This can sometimes be remedied by appropriate fertilization, sometimes too warm overwintering is responsible.

When and how are African lilies fertilized?

Between April and early August you can fertilize your African lilies regularly with a foliar fertilizer or every few weeks with a handful of compound fertilizer over the substrate. In late summer and autumn you should no longer administer any fertilizer, otherwise there may be problems with overwintering.

How are African lilies optimally overwintered?

While evergreen Agapanthus species like to be bright in their winter quarters, the roots of leafless varieties in the bucket can also be wintered in the dark. However, all African lilies should be overwintered at about 0 to 7 degrees Celsius and as dry as possible. The following are usually suitable for this:

  • basement rooms
  • well insulated or lightly heated greenhouses
  • Conservatories that are not heated to room temperature.

tips and tricks

After the division, it can often take a while before the African lily blooms again. Therefore, if you have several specimens, you should divide and repot one specimen in alternating years if possible.

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