The Agapanto

When and how much to irrigate

The species and varieties belonging to the genus called Agapanto can grow both in pots and in the open ground. Irrigations must always be guaranteed starting from March, so as to best support leaf development and flower production. Young specimens require more attention, especially during the planting phase. In fact, it is advisable that the substrate never remains too dry and it is important to administer small amounts of water every week. With the arrival of summer the watering becomes more abundant and in the hottest months of July and August, it may be necessary to irrigate it even twice a week. At the end of flowering, the water supply gradually decreases and is completely suspended in winter.

How to take care of it

The herbaceous species of Agapanto that live in territories characterized by a mild and temperate climate, can be grown in the ground without too much difficulty. On the contrary, if the specimens live in areas characterized by cold winters, it is advisable to keep these vegetables in special and spacious storage compartments. In fact, Agapanto plants must be protected and placed away from too rigid seasons and temperatures below 5 ° C. The planting can take place in autumn or spring, using a soft and fertile soil. It is very important to ensure proper irrigation drainage, as this kind of plants absolutely does not like excessive humidity, which can lead to the onset of mold and rot, severely affecting the rhizomatous apparatus.

When and how much to fertilize

When planting Agapanto plants, it is useful to mix mature manure with the soil. In this way, the main and fundamental nutritional elements necessary for leaf development and the growth of flower stems are guaranteed. If the Agapanto plants are grown in the open ground, it is advisable to give a slow release granular fertilizer in the spring. Alternatively, it is possible to opt for a complete liquid fertilizer, to be diluted directly in the water intended for irrigation. The operation must be repeated cyclically every 10-15 days starting from the spring months. The fertilizations continue for the whole period of flowering and in the hottest months, such as July and August, it is appropriate to supplement with a special mineral fertilizer, to be purchased from specialized retailers.

The Agapanthus: Exposure, diseases and remedies

Agapanto plants prefer very bright and sheltered from strong currents. If they live in the ground, the ideal exposure is facing south or east. They support well the direct contact of the sun rays but it is better to repair them from the hottest hours of the summer days. In general, this type of deciduous or perennial herbaceous plants are considered resistant to parasitic attacks and diseases. However, water stagnation and heavy soils that can cause fungal diseases are strongly affected, putting the rhizome and root system at risk. Moreover, the leaves can be attacked by snails and snails, in this case it is possible to eliminate them manually or it is advisable to use special poisoned baits.