Clivia: Spectacular orange (or yellow (rare)) ball shaped bloom clusters. To propogate, the
blossum produces seed pods and the plants produce baby at the base. Sources of supply:
- International Bulb Society: http://garden.dmans.com/amaryllids/clivia.html
- How to grow from seed: (from above link - International Bulb Society)
"Growing Clivia from seed is very straight-forward.
If you have fresh seeds in a pod, remove the fleshy seeds from the pod and then clean each seed to remove the thin membrane surrounding it.
Plant the seeds on the surface of a sterile potting mix. Place in bright indirect light or under fluorescent plant lights. Keep the
medium moist, not soggy. The seed should germinate in a few weeks. Clivia seedlings grow slowly and continuously, so once the
first leaf is well developed, start to feed with a weak solution of soluble fertilizer at intervals.
Keep the plant growing until there are at least 12 mature leaves (2 to 4 years), when you can try to induce flowering by storing the plant
dry and cool for 8 to 12 weeks in autumn. Keep the plant in the same bright indirect light, and at this point natural light is better
than artificial: you want to reduce the period of daylight while forcing induction of a flower stalk."
More Factoids from the Internation Bulb Society: http://garden.dmans.com/jshields/amaryllids/cliviaculture.html
"CLIVIA MINIATA and its varieties.
- Natural habitat:- Warm dry woodland in Natal.
- Hardiness:- Will tolerate temperatures down to about 2C (36F).
- Light:- Will not tolerate hot direct sun and will grow and flower in shade.
- Spring:- Passes from the resting period to the growing period. While resting, temperatures of 7-13C (45 - 55F), little water and no
fertilizer. Once in growth high temperatures are tolerated provided that there is no direct sunlight. Plenty of water and feeding.
- Summer:- A growing period, high temperatures tolerated provided that there is no direct sun. Plenty of water, air and feeding.
- Autumn:- Early autumn as summer, then a cool resting period with minimum water and no feeding. Temperatures 7-13C.
- Winter:- Continuation of the resting period and beginning of the flowering period. As flower spikes appear a slight increase in
watering and light feeding, and a rise in day temperature to 15-18C (ca. 60-65F) is desirable.
- Pests:- Mealybug
- Fertilizer:- Balanced, with high phosphate.
- General:- The above conditions are those desirable for Clivia miniata, but it is an undemanding plant and will survive under
adverse conditions and neglect, provided that it is not sun-scorched, frozen or over-watered in the resting periods. It is a
good house plant but appreciates being out of doors in the shade in summer.
Roger Mercer and Sir Peter Smithers