Clivia- how long to bloom from seed?

J.E. Shields
Fri, 18 Feb 2005 15:11:51 PST
Right, think "houseplant" while your Clivia seedling is still growing 
up.  65°F to 75°F would be best for rapid growth.  Most will not flower in 
as little as 30 months, but the Belgian growers can bring some of theirs 
from seed to bloom in as little as 18 months.

When the plant is large enough to flower, holding it at 50°F to 55°F for 3 
or 4 weeks can help encourage reluctant bloomers to flower.

Jim Shields

At 12:33 PM 2/18/2005 -0800, you wrote:
>>  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 nobilis.
>So - treat as a houseplant?  The various rooms in my house range from 
>about 10 to 20 C (50 to 65 F) during the daytime and lower at night. I put 
>cyclamen in the unheated bedrooms and tropicals in the living room. What 
>would be ideal for clivia seedlings?
>                 Diane Whitehead

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