How To Collect Agapanthus Seeds

Collecting agapanthus seeds from the spent flowers means that you’ll have lots of seeds to sow the following year and you can give some of the seeds away to your friends and family.

In this post I’ll show you step by step how to collect and save seeds from your agapanthus flowers.

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collecting agapanthus seeds

Agapanthus, also known as African Lily or Lily of the Nile, are popular garden plants that produce large flower stalks that can be purple, blue, white or pink.

They grow best in areas that have a dry winter season and can be found growing in the USA, South Africa, Australia and many other parts of the world. [1]

Agapanthus are bulb plants that belong to the amaryllidaceae family and they bloom from spring until summer.

They’re usually propagated by dividing the clumps but you can also grow new agapanthus plants from seed fairly easily, although they may not be an exact match to the parent plant.

How to collect agapanthus seeds

After the plants have finished flowering, leave one or two flowers on your agapanthus plant to produce seed pods.

Once the seed pods have turned brown you can cut them off and spread them out somewhere to dry, but not in direct sunlight.

Try to cut the flowers off before the seed pods open because if you wait until they’re completely opened, the seeds might drop to the ground.

The seed pods will turn brown, then split open when the seeds are ready for collection.

Remove the seeds from the seed pods and place them in a paper bag in a cool, dry place until they’re ready to plant in spring.

agapanthus seed pods

Sowing agapanthus seeds in the garden

Most varieties of agapanthus are suitable for growing in USDA hardiness zones 7 through 10, so you can grow new plants from your saved seeds in most parts of North America.

You can plant agapanthus seeds directly into the ground in spring or start them off in a seed tray indoors.

Sprinkle the seeds on top of the soil and gently cover them with a thin layer of potting soil.

Water thoroughly and keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate.

Transplant the seedlings into individual pots when they reach two inches (5 cm) tall.

You can plant your agapanthus seedlings out in the garden in spring, when the risk of frost has passed.

Growing agapanthus plants from seed isn’t hard, but you’ll need to be patient because the plants won’t bloom for at least two or three years after planting.

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So there are my tips for collecting, saving and planting agapanthus seeds.

With the right care you can have an abundance of beautiful seed grown agapanthus plants in your garden.

Have you tried collecting agapanthus seeds from your flower garden? Let me know in the comments below.

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Kelly Martin

Hi, I'm Kelly Martin, a landscape gardener and designer with over 10 years experience. I have a passion for small space gardening and I love designing and creating beautiful outdoor spaces that maximize the potential of small urban gardens. Read more

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