Cape Seed & Bulb
Cultivation
Questions and Answers


Hints for bulbs :

Most Cape bulbs are winter to spring growing, flowering during spring and early summer. Such species as Babiana, Ferraria, Geissorhiza, Gladiolus, Ixia, Lachenalia, Moraea, Oxalis and Bulbinella enjoy full sun, a well drained sandy mix and a dry summer rest.

Information to overseas customers:
Plant material for export usually requires a Phyto-sanitary Certificate. This certificate will be arranged by us and costs 40. One certificate usually covers all the items in a given order. Small amounts of seed will not require this certificate.
To meet the Phyto- sanitary requirements the leaves and roots of many items need to be cut back, some items that travel well such as clivias are sent intact.
Upon arrival, most items should be soaked in water for an hour or so, potted on, and treated with care.
Please check if an import permit is required by your country, a green sticker from the US Department of Agriculture may be required by our American customers for some items, excluding clivias.

For large amounts of seed please add:  Postage per 100g (100 seeds ~ 100g) 10.00

Clivia from seeds
Questions and answers

When do I harvest my Clivia seeds?
How long will it take to receive my seeds?
How do I sow Clivia Seeds?
How long does it take until seeds produce flowering plants?
Can a yellow flowering plant revert to flowering orange?
What other colour flowers does one get?
Is there really a pure white flowering Clivia available?
Why haven't my Clivia flowered for several years?

When do I harvest my Clivia seeds?

Seeds take approximately 9 to 10 months to mature on the plant. After pollination the flower will drop off and the ovary will begin swelling to form a berry. When it changes colour from green to either, orange or yellow , the berries can be harvested and the seeds removed.

How long will it take to receive my seeds?

Approximately 10 to 14 days from receipt of order during the harvesting season from July to January. Seeds are sent by insured air post in padded envelopes.

How do I sow Clivia Seeds? Clivia seed are removed from the berry and allowed to dry. The seed is then sown on top of a medium comprising 50% soil and 50% compost. The seeds are gently pressed into the surface of the soil with the palm of the hand but are still visible. Keep them in a warm humid place and water twice a week. Germination will occur in 2 - 3 weeks. Seedlings will form leaves about 10cm long after 6 months, when they can be pricked out and planted into separate pots.

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How long does it take until seeds produce flowering plants?

A plant will generally flower 3 - 4 years after the germination of the seed.

Can a yellow flowering plant revert to flowering orange?

No. However, a percentage of seed produced from a yellow flowering plant can revert to orange and other pastel shades depending on the pollen used.

What other colour flowers does one get? In nature the most common colours are shades of orange, with other rarer colours of red, yellow and cream to white.

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Is there really a pure white flowering Clivia available?

Not that we are aware of. Most "white" Clivia we have been shown are really very pale yellow flowering strains.

Why haven't my Clivia flowered for several years?

Clivias require a cool spell to initiate flowering. If the plant is kept indoors at a constant temperature it may need a cooler spell.Try putting it in a cooler place during winter for about 10 weeks, but keep away from frost and freezing temperatures.

  

More cultivation hints at Clivias.com

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