The name interspecific clivia is not well known to the general public, although grown and collected by most clivia growers all over the world. Interspecifics are crosses with clivia miniata as pod parent and a specie clivia as pollen parent, or vice versa. The resulting plant is then called an interspecific. In other words interbreeding with different species of Clivia. This is a new trend in breeding clivias which can flower at different times of the year. The flowers are pendulous, but larger and more open than those of the wild species. In F2 generations flowers become larger with more flared or open flowers. These plants can flower any time between May and September yearly, with the main flowering time in July when we have small interspecific shows and displays to promote these plants. They are robust, fast growing and more resistant to pests and diseases. Make sure to add one to your collection and it will bring some colour into your garden over the winter months.
We also have some of Rudo Lotter`s finest interspecifics which his father Wessel Lotter has bred. We also use these extensively in my breeding programme. They include registered hybrids like, Cinderella, Moondrops, Ginger Bells, Ruben, Sunrise Surprise, Brown Eyed Girl, Rosy Cheeks, Pink Baby and his best interspecific called Chanel.
Interspecifics flower when little else is flowering in your garden. We have bred and acquired some wonderful plants in the last few years of which Secret Desire is a prime example. This plant won best Interspecific on show in PE in 2009 and is by far more superior to most others in colouration and flower shape.
C: About our breeding lines:
The “Secret” Series
- These plants were bred from the same cross. Stella Parish Miniata x 5 Star (Gardenii x group 1 yellow)
- They are all the most beautiful pink F2 interspecifics with large, open recurved flowers.
- I am currently line breeding with these plants and the first F3 plants flowered in 2016.
- I have found the F3 flowers larger with softer pink shades.
- These plants have all been registered on the International Clivia Register
The “Dream” series
- These are all selfed seedlings of a Nakamura bred interspecific, grown from seed.
- The first selfing of this plant only produced about 8 -10 seeds which grew into these magnificent plants.
- The flowers are large and semi-open.
- These plants all have flowers with picotee-type edging, and semi to broad leaves, up to 90mm.
- We are line breeding these plants as well as using them in other crosses.
- I started with some experimental crosses between the “Secret Series” and the “Dreaming” range of plants.
- The first one flowered last year. A soft pastel with darker pink outer petals and darker pink blush on inner petals
New Versi Colour Range
- We are breeding a new range of versi colours from different breeding material.
- They range from pink versi colours to dark red and brick brown versi colours.
- Versi colour genes are very dominant and are carried over to the next generation even as only the pollen parent.
- We have flowered some very special versi colour flowers last season.