Daniel Gill  |  8/28/2015 2:21:35 AM

Picture of agapanthuses with dead leaf tips.

Hi Dan!

My agapanthuses were looking bad (drooping and yellow tips), so I thought that I would prune them back to about 4 inches. Will they produce new growth and if so, how long before I can see it?

If not, what should I have done to them instead of pruning?


Jean R.

Agapanthuses usually produce their new growth in spring and early summer. So, the plants may continue to look like they do now until then (although it’s possible they may send out some new growth in late summer/fall).

Pruning off the unattractive tips of the leaves is fine to do in order to make the plants look more attractive. Generally, any green tissue is allowed to remain. The dead tips are due to heat stress caused by the exceptionally hot weather in July and early August.

Cutting the plants back to 4 inches will not hurt them. They should be fine and bloom normally next year.

Dan Gill
Consumer Horticulture Specialist

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