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Clivia nobilis

This is a very slow-growing, rare Clivia species with orange, tubular flower that fade to yellow and then green at the tips. This is a more difficult species that is prone to rot, but I have found that it is easy to grow when planted in small lava rock with a top-dressing of compost. Like most Clivia, a cool, dry rest in the winter will ensure good blooming in the spring.

(Amaryllidaceae) Clivia are only found naturally in southern Africa and beloved as houseplants all around the world. Clivia=Lady Clive, Duchess of Northumberland who grew the type species, Clivia nobilis ('nobilis' is also a reference to her nobility), miniata=color of red lead (referring the flowers). Our 3 year old plants are 2-3 year from blooming.

Light: Dappled to full shade outside. Indoors in medium, indirect light.

Water: Average water needs, but it is important that the soil mix be very light. Like other Clivia, a dry, cool period in the winter will contribute to good blooming.

Soil: Very well draining, but rich. A good mix would have high organic matter content and a lot of pummice or perlite. The plants usually grow in pockets of accumulated forest debris along cliffs or rocky areas or even on the limbs of large trees.

Fertilizer: A layer of well-rotted manure or compost and all-purpose, slow-release fertilizer

Hardiness: Zone 10 with protection of mature trees or an overhang. Mature Clivia will tolerate a slight frost, but it damages the plant and opens it up to fungal infection.

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