Update on Agapanthus in Terracotta Pots

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Here are some pictures of some recently potted Agapanthus in the 4 different terraccotta pot sizes we have available at our Dorset site. The large Agapanthus pictured here (left) is a large evergreen variety which is fairly tender and would need winter frost protection, but as you can see it is still striking even out of season. The newer Pine Cottage hybrids are bred for their hardiness but  we can’t show you them in our new pots because there’s nothing to show yet. The hairy pots in the picture below shows the new growth on one of our new varieties A. ‘Summer Days’ which is a super hardy Pine Cottage hybrid Agapanthus with the most beautiful soft blue flowers on tall stems.

 

 

 

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This year, Pine Cottage will be considering the ultimate in Wow Factor for your garden, front of house or patio display. Agapanthus in clay pots ready to flower for that immediate no fuss high impact Summer display.

Agapanthus on Display at Hampton Court Flowers Show. By far the best way to show of these beautiful architectural plants.

Agapanthus on display at Hampton Court Flowers Show. By far the best way to show off these beautiful architectural plants.

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Agapanthus Double Diamond

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Agapanthus Northern Star

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The majority of the pots we will be offering for sale are Wholegreen Terracotta Pots in four different sizes: 36cm x 34cm, 32cm x 28cm, 26cm x 24cm and 20cm x 19cm. They are of plain design so plants can be removed easily. They are also frost resistant, so our deciduous hardy varieties can remain in the pots all winter.

The plants will be selected ready to flower from a range of our Pine Cottage Hybrids, White and various blue shades and heights. More information and photos will follow this post.

Prices will range depending on pot size, plants selected and delivery charges but can start from as little as £40. We can get hold of bigger pots for bigger specimens on request.

All potted agapanthus will be subject to availability.

The seed sowing process

wpid-20141003_125435.jpgBack in October 2014 we posted about collecting Agapanthus seed.

We continue this very easy process at this time of the year by sowing the seeds.

The pictures below show how seed was collected from Agapanthus Arctic Star growing in the garden in Autumn 2014.

The ripe seed heads were tapped onto a tray and the black seeds separated from the husk. The seed was stored in an envelope and labled then put in the fridge.

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Now, we simply wait…

Top Tip: It’s always a good idea when sowing seeds that you use new sterile pots and sterile compost or soil. If you use your own compost mix you will endanger your developing seeds with bacteria, viruses or fungi. However, in this age of wonderful environmentally conscious folk who like to recycle and re-use. It is easy enough to wash old pots with warm soapy water, sterilize your own compost in the microwave and boil rain water to kill the bugs. That is of course all well and good if your electricity supplier uses renewable energy!

Species Rhododendrons Now Available

If you were excited to see Rhododendrons get a mention on the recent the BBC Two series The Great British Garden Revival, you will be delighted to hear that Pine Cottage is now offering seed raised species Rhododendrons for sale.

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Picture above accredited to ichef.bbci.co.uk)

Richard Fulcher has always had a passion for Rhododendrons and has some for sale in at Pine Cottage Plants in Devon .

Rhododendrons are available in pot sizes ranging from 1.5L to 3L.

Rhododendron albrechti
Rhododendron arizelum
Rhododendron burmanicum
Rhododendron calophytum
Rhododendron ciliatum Edinburgh best form
Rhododendron concatenans
Rhododendron crinigerum
Rhododendron decorum
Rhododendron elegantulum 
Rhododendron excellens
Rhododendron faconeri 
Rhododendron glaucophyllum 
Rhododendron glischeum 
Rhododendron glischeum  ssp rude 
Rhododendron hookeri 
Rhododendron keiskei var cordifolia 
Rhododendron kendrickii 
Rhododendron keysii 
Rhododendron kyawii 
Rhododendron maddenii subsp crassum 
Rhododendron niveum
Rhododendron pseudociliipes
Rhododendron rirei
Rhododendron schilippenbachii 
Rhododendron idereum 
Rhododendron sinogrande 
Rhododendron stewartianum
Rhododendron tephropeplum 
Rhododendron trichocladum 

Collecting Seed

It’s easy to collect seed from Agapanthus plants.

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As the seed pods dry they will start to release their seeds. Collect and store the papery black seeds in a paper bag in a cold place until you want to sow.
The best time for sowing is late autumn or spring. Agapanthus seeds germinate quickly in general seed compost with a light covering of sand or grit and water in well. In a cool greenhouse.
We are about to collect the seeds from Artic star here and will continue to show the process of dealing with the seelings through to the flowering plant.

It is important to note that the plants that grow from the seeds will not be identical to the parent. They will have genetical variations and you may get surprising results but you’ll have to wait around 3 years before you see a flower.

 

 

 

Pot Sizes Explained

Pine Cottage Plants is in the process of making online payment a reality for many of the Agapanthus cultivars but It is apparent that most normal folk who know little about plants (including the webmaster at Pine Cottage) will know even less about the complexities of pot sizes and it’s understandable that you will want to know exactly what you are ordering so Mr Fulcher has kindly taken this picture to show you all just to clarify.
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These are examples of the kind of plants that are sent out via mail order.

Most of the buy online varieties are 2L or 2.5L of which you can see are very mature plants ready to flower the very next Summer.

They are kept in their pots and wrapped up with loving care and should arrive with you in good condition.

They may be on the dry side which aids with transport weights and also messiness, but Agapanthus are very good at conserving moisture in their amazing fleshy roots and their waxy leaves which helps to reduce the rate of water loss. so they will be perfectly fine in transit.

When you get them home you may need to give them a good soak and then either plant them in the ground or pot them into a nice suitable pot containing soil based compost including a slow release fertiliser.

Agapanthus ‘Arctic Star’ is one of our most popular white Agapathus cultivars. A very reliable hardy Agapanthus, it is also one of the earliest varieties to come into flower. Buy online today – Add to Cart (Low stock)