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Stem Clivia

Clivia caulescens

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Clivia caulescens is an unusual species to the other clivias due to a very tall “trunk” that can sprout offshoots and which lead to the name stem Clivia. The specific name caulescens refers to the fact that this species has a stem. Its leaves are more robust than the common Clivia and are held more upright, giving the plant somewhat of an appearance of a Bromeliad. As a strong and easy grower, this plant is uncommon in cultivation, and fresh seeds are rarely seen for sale.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring, Winter
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Harvest the seeds about nine months after flowering when it has turned red. Remove the flesh and skin and clean with a light mixture of sunlight liquid and water. Keep moist in a air tight container until it sprouts.

Propagation

Seed
Remove the soft covering tissue and sow the fresh seed in a growing medium of matured pine bark at a depth which just covers the seed.
Division
Division can be done at any time of the year except when the plant is in flower.

Special features

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Mpumalanga, Swaziland and Northern provinces.
Natural climate
Summer rainfall areas

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family
Amaryllidaceae
Flower colour
Vivid red-salmon with green edges
Scent
None

Problems

Aphids, Mealy bugs, Lily borers​, Red spider mite, Slugs and snails.

Companion plants

Natal lily
Natal lily
Crinum moorei

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