Rare Bulbs

The start of someting new: Rare bulbs and lilies

Having grown clivias for more than 20 years, we have always had an interest in rare and unusual bulbs. We have collected and grown several varieties over the years.

Recently we were privileged to obtain a large piece of land where we can really concentrate more on cultivating and multiplying these stocks.

We will be offering these rare bulbs and lilies as they become available, via our online shop on our website as well as on our facebook page shop.

CLIVIA: FROM A TINY LITTLE SEED TO A FABULOUS FLOWER

CLIVIA: The story behind the beautiful clivia flower:

 

Clivia flowers are so beautiful, but very few people know of the lengthy process it takes to eventually get to the flower. I thought I would give new enthusiuasts a little peek into the beginnings of those beautiful flowers.

A process of about 5 years in all will get you from clivia seed to flowering size clivia. So patience is needed and a lot at that!

 

1. Pollination is done in flowering time.

2. Clivia seeds take 10 months to ripen

Clivia Pollination

Pollination:

 

 A. Tools 

 

1. Container with alcohol to clean brush. 2. Film container in which capsules can be stored. 3. Drying agent to be placed in film container to keep pollen in capsules dry. 4. Gelatin capsule in which to store pollen. 5. Thin small brush with which to collect pollen and pollinate flowers. 6. A pair of forceps with which you can collect anthers. 7. A magnifying glass to aid in the pollinating process

 

B. When can I pollinate my flowers?

 

Clivia pests and diseases and the treatments

PESTS AND DISEASES OF CLIVIA:

1 .Aphids

 

These are tiny little green, sometimes black insects, usually seen in small colonies sucking the sap of new growths and flower buds. They are normally tended to by ants. Although they cause minimal damage themselves, they do spread viruses. To eliminate them, use Chlorpyrifos, spraying the whole plant. If you are the organic type, you can collect some Lady Bugs in the garden and place them on the infected plant, the Lady bugs will devour many aphids daily.

 

Clivia: How to grow clivias from seed

CLIVIA: GROWING CLIVIAS FROM SEED:

A: Introduction to Clivia seeds:

Soon after the plant finished its flowering phase, the berries on the plant will start to develop if they have been properly pollinated.

The berries will reach its maximum size but will remain dark green in color for about six months. You can harvest the berries once it starts colouring up and is soft to pressure. This can take from 6 months up to a year after flowering.

The Dream Series of Interspecifics

What dreams are made of…?

 

Carrie Krüger Utopia Clivias, Sedgefield, South Africa

 

When I first laid eyes on these plants eight years ago, I was blown away by the shape and size of these three-year old plants in comparison to our normal interspecifics. They were broad-leafed, sturdy and large.  All were selfed seedlings of a Nakamura bred interspecific, grown from seed by Kerneels Buitendag.  The first selfing of this plant only produced about 8 -10 seeds which grew into these magnificent plants.

 

Star Green and it`s siblings.

A Star is born: by Carrie Kruger, Utopia Clivias

 

The name “Star Green” makes every clivia grower “green” with envy. This unusual coloured clivia is so unique that it stands out from any other. This is the type of plant that takes clivia breeding to a new level. Being one of the lucky few breeders who were very fortunate to get hold of a Star Green plant when they were first released by Charl Malan and Philip Crous, I have done a lot of breeding with this plant but have not seen many results yet.

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