Agapanthus, or Lily of the Nile, is a beautifully exotic tubular flower that grows strong and tall in warm climates and rich soils. Although it is more common to find these flowers outdoors or in pots, agapanthus can be used to make a romantic and striking bouquet that are often used in arrangements for weddings.

Lily of the Nile

When you receive agapanthus, follow the instructions below to ensure you don’t harm or bruise the flower heads while moving them into a vase. This will help your flowers bloom over the next few days.

1) Un-wrap the paper and/or plastic liner from around your new bouquet.

2) Next, trim 1 inch off the stems at an angle and under water. When the stems are cut, it opens up the flower’s pores and allows them to drink the water better. The reason you should cut them under water is to eliminate any air bubbles that may occur (air bubbles prevent the flower from drinking). The angle makes it easier to absorb the water.

3) Prune any foliage off the stems that will be submerged below the water level. This excess foliage has a tendency to muddy the water and drink a lot of it, giving none to the actual blossoms.

4) Fill your chosen vase with water that is at room temperature. Then, mix in 1 packet of flower food. You may have received flower food with the bouquet. If not, you can get some from your local florist.

5) By the 3rd day, or when the water is dirty, re-cut the flower stems, change the water and add a second dose of flower food. If the water is starting to change colors, this means that bacteria has begun to grow, which ensures the flowers will wilt faster.

6) Agapanthus should always be kept away from direct sunlight, heat and drafts and kept in a room that has a cool temperature.

7) Remove spent leaves and deadheads to keep bouquet looking fresh longer.