Variegated Clivia seedlings

steven hart
Sun, 28 Aug 2011 17:14:53 PDT
Hello  Jerry

I like Jims thoughts on this !

One of my job rolls in the 80s was quality control in a massive wholesale
nursery & i had a fascination at the time with variegated viral infections
that cause variegation in other wise healthy ornamental & native plants in
perfect growing conditions, we supplied woolworths & coles supermarkets, so
everything had to be perfect & the variegated plants were usually separated
from the group for experimentation or dumped. So i started to collect them &
work on keeping the variegated viral strains in circulation for development
for the nursery industry. I see many of my babies that were traded with
others & are in nurseries & gardens today. I had many species that were very
unusual to see as variegated & was very successful at keeping them that way
by simply removing enough of the green foliage that the virus could stay
dominant, while balancing enough green material for photosynthesis.

This may be quite difficult to do in clivias because they tend to be slower
growing, like a low light environment & are pretty tough, so they will
easily out grow the virus in comfortable growing conditions. Good on u for
having a healthy garden :-) Some times they do not revert so easilly & will
stay variegated for much longer but its often a game of cat & mouse.

It would definetaly be worth the experiment to start removing some of the
green leaf material, the virus effected leaves might support more cloriphill
to survive in time & you can remove more green leaf, eventually the virus
may take over again. Its a fun experiment & would be cool to know if it
works 4 u.....

Happy Gardening !

On Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 11:08 AM, <> wrote:

> Hi, can anyone tell me why clivia seedlings--Jerry Lehmann
> Olathe, KS, USA
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