Clivia roots and age to flower

J.E. Shields
Wed, 24 Nov 2004 16:12:16 PST

Your clivia seedlings are OK.  Clivia roots are covered with something like 
the velum on orchid roots.  Go to CliviaNet at:  and follow links through "Cultivation" to Loukie 
Viljoen's tutorials on starting Clivia from seed, 
at:  where you will find lots 
of images of clivia seeds starting to turn into seedlings.

Clivias can take from 3 to 9 years to reach flowering from seed, depending 
on the species or strain you are growing.  Clivia nobilis is probably the 
slowest growing species.  The Belgians are pushing the Belgian Hybrids 
strain to flowering in just 18 - 24 months.  This is being done through a 
combination of selective breeding and cultural methods.

Jim Shields
in central Indiana, where the new Clivia greenhouse is at least framed in 

At 03:16 PM 11/24/2004 -0800, you wrote:
>I am transplanting clivia seedlings from seed sown last year.  I am 
>surprised at the roots - they are thick and don't seem to have any fibrous 
>roots at all.  Is this the way they are supposed to be?
>About how many years does it take for a seedling to flower?
>Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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