Magazine article Sunset

For a Little Patience, a Lot of Clivias

Magazine article Sunset

For a Little Patience, a Lot of Clivias

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For a little patience, a lot of clivias Low cost and ease are two good reasons to grow clivias from seed. A single flower head has up to 20 berries, each containing several large seeds that you can simply extract and grow. A 1-gallon nursery plant, on the other hand, costs about $9.

You need more patience than effort, since a seedling usually takes at least three years to bloom. The leaves and flowers may differ slightly from those of the parent plant. What follows is one way to grow clivias successfully from seed, developed by horticulturalist George Scott of Arcadia, California.

Harvest berries when they are ripe; they turn from green to orange or red, or, rarely, cream. Berries take 6 to 12 months to ripen, so mature berries and fresh flowers may be together on the same plant (see picture at right).

The flesh of ripe berries is soft and pliable. …

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