Agapanthus

"the flower of love"

Known as the Lily of the Nile or Blue African Lily

Family

Amaryllidaceae (previously Liliaceae and Aliaceae)

Species

Agapanthus africanus, Agapanthus campanulatus, Agapanthus caulescens, Agapanthus coddii, Agapanthus inapertus, Agapanthus praecox, Agapanthus walshii

Colors

blue or white

Origin

South Africa

Grower Recommendations

Agapanthus are ethylene sensitive. They benefit from an anti-ethylene treatment such as EthylBloc Technology. To protect flowers from ethylene damage, treat them as soon as possible after harvest. After cutting, place Agapanthus stems in a solution of HydraFlor® 100 for 1 hr. (or up to overnight at 34 - 38˚ F). Transfer stems to a solution of one of the Floralife® 200 storage and transport treatment products. Please contact Floralife for specifics.

Wholesaler/Retailer Recommendations

Buying Tips:

Ask: Has product been pretreated with an anti-ethylene product, such as EthylBloc or EthylGuard? What is the source of the product? What is the cultivar name? Has the product been stored dry or wet?

Processing:

Recut stems.

Pretreatment:

If the Agapanthus have not been treated with an anti-ethylene product, treat them as soon as possible. Or if agapanthus have been treated with an anti-ethylene product, use one of Floralife’s Flower Food 300 products (see Holding Solution) to promote water uptake and hydration. This treatment will help increase bud opening and decrease flower wilting. It also keeps flower stems free flowing.

Holding Solution:

Use fresh flower food at the recommended rate: Use Flower Food 300, 200, Clear 200, or Clear ULTRA 200 storage and transport treatment, or depending on water test results, Special Blend 300 for Hard Water or for Pure Water.

To have water tested, send a plastic quart bottle of your water to:

Floralife  |  751 Thunderbolt Drive  |  Walterboro, SC 29488  |  Attn: Laboratory.

Hold flowers at room temperature for 1 - 2 hours (2 - 4 hours if flowers are limp or exhibiting bent neck) prior to storage in cooler or designing. As a finishing touch to any floral design, spray Finishing Touch hydration and protection spray over entire project.

Storage:

Place Agapanthus in a 34 - 38˚ F cooler with 80 - 90% humidity.

 

Cleaning:

Use D.CD.® Cleaner to clean buckets, vases, coolers, etc. D.CD.® is specifically formulated to kill microbes over an extended period.

 

Customer Satisfaction:

Always give a packet of a Floralife Flower Food with your designs. One liter packets treat one quart of water.

Troubleshooting:

Problem Result/Solution
Flower petal drop and failure to open Can be caused by excessive drying out, rough handling, old age, and/or exposure to ethylene. Check with your supplier on harvest date. Make sure an anti-ethylene pretreatment is performed and one of Floralife’s Fresh Flower Foods is used.

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