Pots For Agapanthus ( Top 8 )

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Agapanthus plants can be easily grown in pots, they tend to grow relatively well if placed in a full sun or partial shade location as long as you use the right potting soil and a good pot. Generally speaking, most people who grow Agapanthus plants in pots live outside the preferred hardiness zone of the Agapanthus which is somewhere around zones 8-10. If your Agapanthus plants are really struggling, then I highly recommend potting them and relocating the pot until you find a place where it grows well.

The best pots for Agapanthus are the ones that are porous and do not absorb heat, so clay and terracotta pots are ideal. Ceramic pots can also be used but due to the lacquered varnish, they do not allow air to circulate through the potting mix. Plastic and metal pots should be avoided as these tend to heat up and ultimately dry out the entire Agapanthus plant. Make sure to use a wide pot for Agapanthus plants of around 20 inches or more as they tend to have a relatively large spread once they are mature.

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As some Agapanthus plants are considered to be invasive in certain places, people tend to grow them in pots to control their aggressive self seeding, which rarely works. So if you are worried about your Agapanthus spreading around your garden, potting is not the solution, instead, make sure to remove the seed pods before they mature. On the other hand, if you have a relatively large garden, and you do not want to dig up your Agapanthus every autumn then potting them is a good idea.

As with everything in life, there are some cons and pros to potting Agapanthus, but the most important thing is what kind of pot you actually use. As a general rule, Agapanthus plants will need a larger pot of around 20 inches, as they tend to spread quite a lot. One of the most beautiful Agapanthus is the African Lily, for more information check out my recent article Agapanthus Africanus ( Lily Of The Nile, African Lily ).

Pots For Agapanthus

When choosing pots for Agapanthus, it’s important to consider their growth habits and specific needs. Opt for large and deep containers that provide ample room for the plant’s extensive root system to grow. Agapanthus requires well-drained soil, so select pots with drainage holes to prevent waterlogged conditions.

Choose sturdy pots made of durable materials like terracotta, ceramic, or fiberglass that can withstand the weight of the plant and resist cracking or breaking. The size of the pot will depend on the mature size of the Agapanthus variety you’re growing, but a general guideline is to select a pot with a diameter of at least 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm).

Plastic Pots

Plastic pots are one of the most common pots that almost everybody has in their home, and a lot of people tend to use them for Agapanthus plants as well. If you want to plant the Agapanthus in a plastic pot and place it outside then this is the worst kind of pot you can use. Plastic pots absorb a lot of heat, which can simply cook the entire plant especially as Agapanthus plants need to be placed in a full sun location.

On the other hand, if you want to grow your Agapanthus indoors then plastic pots will do fine, as long as you place the pot next to a window that has direct sunlight for at least a couple of hours per day. If you want to know what are good companion plants for your Agaphantus then check out my recent article Agapanthus Companion Plants ( Top 25 ).

Clay Pots

Clay pots are the absolute best when it comes to Agapanthus plants, especially if you are in a humid environment. Agapanthus plants tend to love full sun, and they will withstand some drought but the one thing that they do not like is too much water in the soil, as this will often lead to root or bulb rot. Clay pots are porous, and air can freely circulate through the pot, this, in turn, will allow the excess water to evaporate.

In addition to this, clay pots will aerate the soil which is extremely beneficial for Agapanthus plants. As Agapanthus plants tend to be somewhat large, especially when mature, you should use a large sized clay pot, which will cost a bit more but will be extremely beneficial for your plant. If you want to know why your Agapanthus is not flowering then check out my recent article Why Is My Agapanthus Not Flowering? ( Top 9 Reasons ).

Terracotta Pots

If you really want to show off your Agapanthus plant and also use a pot that directly benefits the plant then terracotta pots are the way to go. Terracotta pots are very similar to clay pots and they also have the same characteristics, most notably that they are porous. The main downside is that terracotta pots tend to be relatively expensive, so only get one once you have figured out where you will pace the pot, as moving the pot from one place to another might end up in a very expensive disaster.

If you want to grow Agapanthus indoors then terracotta pots are ideal, they are not only beautiful but extremely easy to keep clean as well.

Ceramic Pots

If you want a really beautiful pot for your Agapanthus then a ceramic pot will be ideal for you. Ceramic pots are clay or terracotta pots that have a lacquered finish, although it looks good it makes the actual pot a worse type of clay pot. The lacquered finish will simply cover the porous surface of the pot, which means that air will not be able to circulate through the pot. This is especially problematic if you use a large ceramic pot for your Agapanthus.

Simply put, ceramic pots look good but do not have a lot of benefits for the plant. Ceramic pots will hold moisture a lot better than plastic pots do, and oftentimes the main problem when using these pots is overwatering, so make sure to only water your Agapanthus once the topsoil starts to dry out. On the other hand, there is nothing more beautiful than an Agapanthus plant growing indoors in a beautiful ceramic pot.

Metal Pots

In the right setting, a metal pot in the garden or in the living room can be an extremely beautiful centerpiece, especially with a plant like Agapanthus. Metal pots do come with a lot of drawbacks, they tend to be relatively heavy, and they do absorb a lot of heat. As Agapanthus plants love full sun, the metal pot will heat up in a matter of hours, which will simply dry out the potting soil and stress out the plant.

In addition to this, metal pots do not allow air to circulate through the soil, so you will either end up overwatering or letting the plant dry out too much. It can be done correctly but you will have to keep a close eye on your Agapanthus plant.

Concrete Pots

As Agapanthus plants tend to have a relatively widespread, a wide concrete pot would be ideal for them. Large concrete pots tend to dissipate heat relatively quickly, so it is less likely that the potting mix will dry out. You should only use concrete pots outside, indoors they usually do not fit with the aesthetic of most homes. Concrete pots tend to be relatively expensive, especially the larger ones.

If you want to use concrete pots then my personal recommendation is to decide on where you will place them and consider the fact that you will not move them for several years as they tend to be heavy.  Concrete pots are a big commitment, so if you are not sure you want one then use some other pot, on the other hand, if you truly want a concrete pot then look around for a while until you find the perfect one for your garden.

Wooden Pots

Wooden pots are not the most popular ones, but they tend to look extremely well in a well-maintained garden. Generally speaking, most wooden pots are treated against rot, however, this rot protection will wear off after a couple of years. Agapanthus plants can be grown in wooden pots, but you have to be really careful not to overwater them. If you overwater the Agapanthus the roots of the plant can rot and the entire pot can start to rot as well.

Self Watering Pots

Self watering pots are starting to become more popular, especially as people tend to have busy schedules and not everybody has the time to always water their plants. Agapanthus plants can be grown in self watering pots, but only use them if you really do not have time to water your plants. Self watering pots have the great benefit of never letting your plants thirsty, even though they are made out of plastic they will not absorb as much heat as simple plastic pots do as they are mostly filled with water.

Another benefit of using self watering pots for your Agapanthus is that you can easily fertilize the plant right through the water. Just keep in mind that Agapanthus plants need a relatively large pot, and the bigger the self watering pot is the more expensive it will be.

Key Takeaways

  • Pots that can be used for Agapanthus are plastic, clay, terracotta, ceramic, metal, concrete, and even wooden pots.
  • Agapanthus plants need large pots as they tend to have a large spread, generally speaking, anything 20 inches and above should be ok.
  • No matter what kind of pot you use, make sure not to overwater your Agapanthus as they are prone to root rot.
  • Make sure that the pots that you use actually have drainage holes, as some pots do not have them, especially ceramic pots.