Agapanthus africanus

Rodger Whitlock
Wed, 16 Nov 2005 10:50:05 PST
On 16 Nov 05 at 10:03, Paul Tyerman wrote:

> Unlike many Agapanthus that don't seem to mind being
> disturbed and divided, mine definitely dislikes it.  I have
> had some plants of it die when divided up, although thankfully
> I have always kept some of it alive.

A suggestion: re-think when you did the division. There are
other plants that do miserably if you divide them at the wrong
time of year, but pretty well if you time it right. I suspect
that the (one?) important consideration is timing division to 
coincide with new root growth beginning. A couple of examples:

bamboos: best divided in early spring when they are just coming 
into active growth and beginning to grow new roots.

Hacquetia epipactis: has a horrible reputation for disliking 
division and disturbance. I discovered by accident that it 
pushes out nice new white roots in mid-summer, so tore my stock 
to shreds in mid-July, one growing point per division, and 
replanted. Not one division failed.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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