Fair Orchids

Clivia miniata is an easy companion plant to your orchids.  It tolerates lower temperatures, and has lower light requirements (my dad used to grow Clivias under the bench with Paphiopedilum, taking them up on the bench only when they budded up).  For proper flowering, mature Clivias need virtually no water from November through January or February, and only sparse watering till the flower stems are well clear of the foliage.

I currently have seedlings from several sources, based on seed from the US, Belgium & Australia (YTB = Years To Blooming size):

003 = Selfing of bicolor (photo at right), 2-3 YTB

016 =  Yellow x Daruma (orange flowers, but yellow genes), 3-4 YTB

018 =  Selfing of a miniature/dwarf orange, 4-5 YTB

My first shipment of seed from South African breeders arrived in September 2022, and have germinated well (80%+).  These seedlings will be released in 2025.  A broader selection is on order for 2023 (for release in 2026).

Below photos of some of the breeding plants I have collected for Clivia production:


Clivia miniata #008

Photo does not capture the color well, the near yellow flowers actually have a hint of peach.

It produced a few seeds from a 2021 selfing, and a lot of seeds when pollinated with a green in 2022.

This plant has just started producing pups.  Off-sets will be separated in 3rd quarter 2023.

Clivia miniata #002

This plant was selected at the NYC farmers market.  The color is shading towards bronze, and the throat has some green (difficult to capture in a photo).

It bloomed very late in 2022, so I selfed it.

Clivia miniata #009

Dave Conway's 'Elizabeth'

Dave Conway's largest flower.  This standard color clivia can produce flowers close to 10 cm (4") natural spread. 

One division (abt. 2 years to BS) available:  $50 + shipping.