Clivia- how long to bloom from seed?

J.E. Shields
Fri, 18 Feb 2005 12:19:27 PST

The rule of thumb is that it takes 12 leaves to bloom.  I'd say, that means 
12 after the first 2 or 3 small seedling leaves have been shed.  You can 
force grow clivia seedlings to flowering size by not putting them in a 
cold, dry environment over winter.  The fastest time I've had is 30 months 
from seed to first flower for a common orange miniata and 5 years for a 

Jim Shields
in central Indiana

At 11:25 AM 2/18/2005 -0800, you wrote:
>My mature clivia growing under a giant fig in my cold greenhouse is blooming.
>Last year and this I bought seed from Silverhill and would like to know 
>when I can expect flowers.  Does there need to be a certain number of 
>leaves in the clump first?
>Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
>maritime zone 8
>cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
>sandy soil
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