Clivia Miniata Broadleaf Hybrid Seeds
** not available to WA or International buyers.
Lush, green foliaged clumping plant perfect for dry, shady conditions. They look good all year round, have eye-catching flowers in a range of colours, are water-wise, and don't mind having competition for root space. They have excellent pest and disease resilience and will flourish in most parts of Australia. Needing protection from frost and full sun, they tend to thrive under large, shady trees. Can be used as an indoor plant as they are equally at home in the garden or in pots. Clivia flowers best in a crowded pot where roots are restricted. Best planted en masse for impact. Easily divided, the flowers are showy and trumpet shaped. The bright red fruit that follows is also decorative.
Clivias have a staggering array of colours from pale pinks, apricots, lemons and creamy colours, through to deep orange and even reds. They are grown around the globe by enthusiasts who are very passionate about them. Exhibitions and conventions have been held in South Africa and stunning hybrids can be found locally and internationally. Broadleaf Clivia are distinctive due to their extremely broad leaves growing to approx 50cms high. They have a much thicker leaf and a more compact growth habit than Clivia miniata, making them a wonderful addition to any garden or pot.
Growing Clivia from seed:
Seed needs to ripe before harvesting, the berries will be red or yellow and soft.The germination stage is the tricky part as clivia seeds are prone to ‘damping off’
Clean seeds removing the pulpy membrane.
Fresh seed germinates well in good conditions, in cooler climates is is often best to wait until spring.
Germination can be carried out by placing the seeds in a plastic container on top of a sheet of paper towel with another sheet on top.
The paper towel needs to be moist and the container kept in a warm position. You can also use a plastic bag and a handful of sphagnum moss.
After a few weeks you will see signs of germination, the seeds are now ready to be planted into tubes.
Use a free draining soil mix, 1 : 1 coarse sand and fine pine bark which will be a fairly sterile mix
The seeds will have established some tap roots, use a pencil or similar to make a hole and insert the roots into the hole.
Seeds are sown near the surface at around 1cm deep and a thin layer of sharp sand on top.
Keep in a warm shaded position and use a fine misting spray every 3 days
It is best to use a sterile potting mix rather than compost of garden soil as these can cause disease and damping off.
We like to grow in individual tubes as then we do not need to transplant or ‘pot on’ to early. Keep just slightly moist but not wet, use a liquid seaweed fertilizer every two weeks. Hold back on watering during winter.
*****Please note: We do NOT sell live plants at all!! Quarantine restrictions and inspection fees prohibit the sale of seeds to Western Australia and Internationally.