Agapanthus are flowering plants which have been cultivated since ancient times. They were used in medicine and herbalism. Some of them are still grown for their flowers, but they don’t produce any fruit or seeds. Most of the time they are grown for ornamental purposes. There are many varieties of these plants, some of them have been bred to grow in different conditions and climates. One variety called “Non-blooming” is one such variety which doesn’t flower at all!
Why does it not flower?
The reason why non-flora plants don’t flower is because they lack certain genes needed to make chlorophyll, which gives off light energy. Chlorophyll is necessary for plants to live. Without chlorophyll, the plant cannot photosynthesize and therefore cannot survive. These types of plants are known as “Chloroplast”. They lack chloroplasts, which contain chlorophyll. When these plants die they decompose into the soil without producing any further growth.
Why does Agapanthus flower?
For plants to be able to survive in nature, they need to be able to reproduce. This is the only way for them to produce off-spring which possibly carry on their own genes. Agapanthus plants flower and produce seeds. This is why they can survive naturally. They have this ability and still keep their genes going.
Why are Agapanthus called “Non-blooming”?
There is no such thing as a plant which does not flower at all! These types of plants are called “non-flowering”, as they fail to produce flowers. It’s very common for plants to flower late in their lifecycle. It is also possible that these Agapanthus plants haven’t been grown under the right conditions to allow them to blossom. If you want the plant to flower, you have to change its environment slightly. These plants prefer acidic soil and should be grown in colder climates, thus they aren’t common in warmer areas. By making the environment slightly more basic, you can get them to bloom.
Is it Normal for Agapanthus not to Blossom?
It is completely normal for certain Agapanthus plants not to flower. There are many reasons why these types of plants don’t bloom, despite being grown under favourable conditions. They include:
Genetics – The genes of the plant determine what type of growth it will produce. Some plants are simply genetically coded not to bloom or produce seeds. If this is the case, you will never get any flowers from these plants, whatever you do to try and make them flower.
Too Young – It can take years for a plant to grow and produce a flower. If you have recently bought an Agapanthus or grown one from a seed, it may simply be too young to start blooming. These types of plants commonly take around 3-5 years before they start producing flowers.
Too Much Shade – These plants grow best in shady areas. If you have placed it somewhere with strong sunlight, the plant will not be able to take it and will wither and die. Move the plant to a more suitable environment, with plenty of shade and shelter from the wind.
It should start growing a lot more quickly in this new environment.
Too Much Water – Agapanthus grow in dry soil, not wet soil. If you have watered the plant too much, it will drown and die. Ensure that you only water it occasionally and never let the soil get soggy.
Let the water drain away through the soil and don’t water again until the top layer has dried out.
Health Problems – Agapanthus plants can suffer from a range of health problems which prevent them from blooming. The flowers are often very delicate and require specific conditions in order to produce. Blossom End Rot is a common problem which affects these plants, due to a lack of calcium.
This condition causes the plant’s petals to rot and fall off, making it impossible for the plant to reproduce. Agapanthus plants can also suffer from a fungal disease called Botrytis, which will cause the flowers to become gray and mushy. Agapanthus can also be affected by viruses which affect their ability to reproduce.
Sources & references used in this article:
The Cutting Garden: Plants for Gorgeous Bouquets All Year Long by R Proctor – 2000 – books.google.com
Groundcovers for the South by M Harrison – 2006 – books.google.com