Clivia Miniata Butterball

Clivia miniataLatin name

Fire Lily, Bush Lily, Natal LilyCommon name

Primrose yellow and very sought after. Narrow flared trumpets and shiny strap-like leaves but be patient, it will take about 21/2 years before flowering. Extremely easy to germinate and full germination instructions will be provided. 18".

How to Grow Clivia from Seed

Clivia is slow growing, prefers shade and does not like to be wet, especially during the winter. Frost tender and damaged by temperatures below 5°C (40°F). Clivia should be grown as a houseplant, in a conservatory or warm greenhouse under filtered or indirect light. Avoid direct sun, especially in summer and position pots away from radiators or other sources of heat.

Sow Clivia seeds in a 4 inch pot, filled with well draining compost and topped with a fine layer of coarse grit. Sow the seed by pushing it into the grit leaving just a small hump showing above the grit. Place in a propagator at 80F. Keep moist and check every day.

When the seedlings have germinated they will already have formed a thick root pushing its way to the bottom of the pot. Allow the following green shoot to grow an inch tall then the plants can be carefully lifted and moved into individual 3 inch pots with good draining compost. Allow the root to fill the pot before moving on into a larger size.

Pot up in well-drained, loam-based compost. Do not plant too deeply – the neck of the bulb should be above soil level.

For flowers to form, a cool period of 10°C (50°F) is necessary from November to February. After this, water sparingly and apply a balanced fertiliser weekly until the flower buds form; then move the pot to a well-lit position with a temperature of 16°C or 60°F

After flowering and unless seed is required, remove the spent flower stems near the base and reduce watering. Water sparingly through winter, but do not allow the containers to dry out.

Clivia flowers best when well established in a container of at least 20cm or 8in in diameter. Leave your plants to grow on for several years undisturbed, top dressing annually with fresh potting compost. When necessary pot on into a slightly larger container during early Spring.

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Item Code: 1332A

Variety: Miniata Butterball

Type: Hardy Bulb

Packet Contains: 3 Seeds

Sow: January - December

Germination: Up to 30 days

Harvest: May - August

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