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Species in the genus Clivia are popular garden and pot plants because of the ease of growing them and the incredible flowers that they usually produce in spring. They are the easiest way to brighten up shady areas of your garden and are classed among the most desirable of all connoisseur plants offering not only spectacular flowers, but also interesting variations in both leaf variegation and plant form. Clivias are extremely rewarding plants and bloom reliably at home. They have lovely, arching symmetrical leaves and are attractive even when they are not blooming. They just need a little special attention at certain times of the year and are certainly worth the effort because they bring a cheery brightness to your living space when you most need it.
Pick the fruit as soon as it starts to change colour or when it turns soft. Open it carefully and remove all the soft pulp as well as the loose fitting membranes that keep the Clivia seeds together.
Remove the pulp surrounding the pearly white seeds and plant in a tray. Press the seeds gently into the mix, just level with the soil surface. Seeds will germinate within 4 - 6 weeks. Replant after a year or two to individual pots.
Leave suckers for at least two years on mother plant to make sure they are strong. Cut with a sharp knife and carefully untangle the roots. Best time to do this is when the plant has finished blooming.
Be careful not to over-water - add sand to your potting mix if you have a heavy hand with watering.
Attracts useful insects
Bees, butterflies and other insects
They thrive in a pot indoors with a good supply of natural light but not direct sunlight
Regard your clivias as a succulent - do not over water.
Flower range in colour from rich orange, deep red, yellow, peach and a range of pastel colours.
Indigenous and endemic to South Africa
Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Clivias are used in traditional medicine.
Pests and diseases include scale insects, mealy bug, and rot. Amaryllis worm, slugs and snails and snout beetles can damage leaves.