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Cape Clivia

Clivia nobilis

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Clivia nobilis was the first Clivia that was discovered and named and as such this can really be considered to be the "type species" of the genus. The rate of growth of C. nobilis is considerably slower than all of the other Clivia species and it requires very little water to survive. Under favourable conditions, this species is a long-lived plant and will outlive many generations. Look at the flowers closely and you will see how truly exquisite they are.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Winter
Fruiting time
Spring, Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

Harvest seed from the berries when they turn red and sow immediately without allowing the seed to dry, just covering the seed.

Propagation

Seed
Remove the outer layer's pulp from the pearly white seeds and plant in a deep tray (keep there for two years), fill with a sterilised seedling mix and cover the seed with a thin layer of soil. Seeds germinate in six to eight weeks. Seedlings can take up to 6 years before flowering.

Special features

Drought resistant
Clivia nobilis can survive with much less water than Clivia miniata. Watering can be greatly reduced during the winter months, when the plants are at rest.
Pot plant
Make sure the soil is well drained and rich in compost.
Indoor plant
Indoor clivias appreciate bright indirect light

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Eastern Cape Province, specifically from the Sundays River Mouth.
Natural climate
Summer rainfall forest 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
Florets are pinkish yellow to dark red with green tips.
Scent
None

Problems

Slugs and snails do much damage to the young tender growths. Snout beetle damages the leaves and can be eliminated by a contact insecticide. Rot is also the greatest threat to germinating seeds and young seedlings.

Companion plants

Trees provide wonderful shade.
Natal lily
Natal lily
Crinum moorei

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