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Clivia miniata Daruma

This is a special Clivia miniata whose leaves are shorter & fatter than usual.  They also line up into 2 neat rows and are glossy.  The Japanese call this leaf form "Daruma".  The leaves max out at 9-10 inches long and get over 3 inches wide.  The orange & yellow flowers are fantastic, but even without blooms, its handsome foliage and compact size make this a great houseplant.

Clivia miniata "Daruma"

To help keep the leaves perfectly aligned in a row, rotate the pot 180 degrees each month.  Each year, usually around spring, the plant sends up a foot-tall flower spike with lovely 2 inch long blooms.  Despite being a compact plant, the blooms are full size - a bit over 2 inches wide.  After flowering, it makes attractive berries that turn red when ripe.  If you'd like to try breeding Clivias, you can use the pollen from this to make seedlings with wider leaves.  They reach flowering size at 3 to 5 years old.

 It's easy to grown when given the right conditions.  Clivias are happiest in mild temperatures with cool nights.  It might not thrive in consistently hot climates with nights that are warm (over 65F / 18C), but it grows fine indoors.  Give it a chunky soil mix that's kept evenly moistly.  A typical mix is equal parts of small orchid bark or coco chips, potting soil, and perlite or pumice.  Bright shade or weak sun is best.  Strong sunlight may burn the leaves.  When it nears flowering size, you can encourage blooming by exposing it to temperatures below 60F (15C) for about half the day for 1-2 months in autumn.  Just don't let it freeze.  Over about 40% humidity is best.

 

Beware of fake Clivia seeds, especially from China.

 

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