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Major Garden's Clivia

Clivia gardenii

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Clivia gardenii is the subtle and delicately pretty sister to the well known Clivia miniata which has been in cultivation for many years and has the most robust leaves of all the species. They have smaller flowers than that of miniata but are red/orange with a green tip that fades as the flower matures. They are vigorous, hardy plants for shady areas of your garden. Once established, they readily produce offsets and will thus establish a good sized clump over time.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Winter
Fruiting time
Winter

Harvesting

Harvest seed from the berries when they turn red and sow immediately without allowing the seed to dry, just covering the seed. Seeds germinate in six to eight weeks.

Propagation

Seed
The fleshy pulp is peeled off revealing the large, pearly round seed within and should be sown immediately in a deep seed-tray with seedling mix. Covered with a light layer of soil.
Division
Clumps can be split up in late winter and replanted or bagged.
Suckers
Wait at least 2 years until the suckers are well-rooted before removing and replanting.

Special features

Pot plant
Requires a well drained humus-rich potting medium

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Kwazula-Natal
Natural climate
Temperate Interior and Coastal areas

Environment

Light
Partial Sun, Full Shade
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Personality

Family
Amaryllidaceae
Flower colour
Pale orange to brick-red with green tips
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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