Saturday, April 29, 2017

Clivia seeds available

A reader has sent me a batch of Clivia seeds, more than I can realistically grow out.1 She also provided instructions for their germination that got me 91% germination, and 88% post-transplant survival.2 If you're in the U.S. and have always wanted to try growing Clivias from seed, this is your chance to try it out.

How many seeds you get will depend on how many other people want them (and how many you want to get). If a lot of people are interested, I may have to ask you to cover the cost of postage, but if it's just 1 or 2 readers wanting them, I don't mind mailing them out for free.

Contact me by e-mail (, minus the two a's) if interested to get the addresses / quantities / money straightened out. I don't know how long they'll remain viable, and I was hoping to mail them out on Monday or Tuesday (1 or 2 May), so sooner is better than later.

Also if you have cats, you may want to pass. Clivia are toxic to cats. It sounds like fatalities are rare, but I wouldn't be comfortable taking the risk, personally. Clivia are also toxic to dogs, though I didn't find out how toxic until, like, today, and since Sheba's never shown any interest in the Clivias I assume she's not going to suddenly develop any. Decide for yourself how much of a gamble you want to take, but I figured I should say something.


1 Because I got a big batch of seeds in February already. I'm good for Clivias for the foreseeable future.
2 About half of the first batch, as of 22 April (sown 7 February, so they're about 10 weeks old in the photo):

You were probably expecting to see the germination instructions down here. Sorry. I'll try to get a blog post up about this soonish.


Martha said...

That's a nice big batch growing. They all seem to be doing very well, too!

Nancy Markosky said...

I have two clivia and have split numerous baby plants off the mother plant. I didn't know that they could be grown from seeds though. Interesting!