Welcome to my website. This website handles the overflow from 'Growing Ornamental Plants'. Both sites show how I select and grow ornamental plants which can cope with extremely hot and dry conditions in summer, and I show how I use water saving methods to achieve this.............John Ashworth 26th December 2015.
Latest Update 20th September 2016.
An evergreen plant in a warm temperate climate.
It prefers dappled shade and is drought tolerant.
It is extremely hardy and almost indestructible. Mine have survived about 20 years of neglect.
Its large strappy leaves are dark green and it produces a large cluster of bright orange bells in early spring.
If left to mature, each bell will produce an inedible green fruit ripening to a deep red.
They survive in poor soil, but benefit greatly when fed with compost once a year, and are grown in moist soil.
Always minimise soil disturbances to maintain a natural soil structure.
a new bed for them in spring by removing old mulch, fallen leaves and
other decaying organic material and disposing of them in the compost
Apply a 60mm thick top dressing of home made compost, and cover with fresh straw mulch.
Do not dig the soil.
for 4 weeks so worm and microbe activity can build up in the soil.
Propagate Clivia by division or from seed. They benefit from being divided every 4 or 5 years.
the whole plant up and cut it into smaller pieces. Each piece should
have a leaf cluster and its own roots. Remove any damaged or infected
roots and reduce the height of the plant. This video explains how to divide a Clivia plant.
the new Clivia in the prepared soil burying it to the same depth as the
original plant. Water the plant in well with dilute seaweed extract.
winter clear the ground of waste organic material and spent straw mulch
beneath the plant and dispose of it in the compost heap.
the soil surrounding the plant in late winter by applying a dressing of
about 60mm deep homemade compost and cover it with about 50mm of fresh
Remove any dead or damaged leaves.
Spray the foliage of the plant with aerated compost tea every month at the same time as the edible plants are sprayed.
Organic Pest Control.
Clivia is left in the same spot for too long, its likely to be infected
with a fungal disease. This can be prevented by dividing and
replanting in a new location.
Sensible preventive measures like regularly spraying with
aerated compost tea boosts natural defences against pests and disease by colonising the
leaf surfaces with beneficial microbes.
proper soil preparation including regular applications of home made
compost boosting the community of beneficial
microbes in the soil and defending roots against plant pathogens.