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Oorlogskloof Clivia

Clivia mirabilis

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Clivia mirabilis is the most recently discovered clivia variety, confined to the Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve in the Northern Cape and gained recognition for its striking silvery-striped leaves that feature deep maroon hues at the base. Unlike the other species of Clivia, which are shade-loving and live in areas with summer rains, mirabilis tolerates the sun and grows in areas with winter rains and is very sensitive to over-watering. Other than the difference in growing conditions, the berries of Clivia mirabilis matures more rapidly than all the other Clivia species. Not the easiest garden plant, much sought after by collectors and breeders extending the genetic pool.

Planning

Difficulty
Advanced
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

The berries of Clivia mirabilis matures more rapidly than all the other Clivia species and can be harvested after about 5 months. Seeds can be harvested by removing them out of the berries as soon as the berry starts to color and then soften.

Propagation

Seed
Remove the pulp from the pearly white seeds and plant in a tray. Press the seeds gently into the mix just level with the soil surface and allow for germination to take place within 4 - 6 weeks.

Special features

Drought resistant
Can survive with very little water.
Crop rotation
Heavy Feeder

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Northern Cape, Nieuwoudtville.
Natural climate
Dry winter rainfall areas along streams.

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family
Amaryllidaceae
Flower colour
Orange-red to salmon-pink
Scent
None

Problems

Seedlings of C. mirabilis are prone to root and stem rot.

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