How To Plant Clivia Seeds

How To Plant Clivia Seeds

Clivia is a beautiful plant that is native to South Africa. They are known for their vibrant flowers and can be grown indoors or outdoors. They are also relatively easy to maintain but require patience and care when planting from seeds. In this post, we will go over the steps to plant Clivia seeds and ensure a successful growth.

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  1. Step 1: Preparation
  2. Step 2: Soaking The Seeds
  3. Step 3: Planting
  4. Step 4: Germination
  5. Step 5: Transplanting
    1. Conclusion

Step 1: Preparation

Before starting the planting process, you will need to have the following:

  • Clivia seeds
  • Potting soil mix
  • Planting container with drainage holes
  • Watering can or spray bottle
  • Plastic wrap or a plastic bag

Note: Make sure that the potting soil mix is well-draining to prevent waterlogging that can cause root rot in the Clivia seedlings.

Step 2: Soaking The Seeds

Clivia seeds have a hard outer coating to protect them from harsh environmental conditions. This outer layer must be removed before you can plant the seeds. Soaking the seeds is an effective way to do that.

  1. Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and place the Clivia seeds in it.
  2. Let the seeds soak for 24 hours, changing the water every 6-8 hours.
  3. After 24 hours, gently rub the seeds with sandpaper to remove the outer layer.

Step 3: Planting

Once the seeds are ready, it's time to plant them. Follow these steps below:

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  1. Fill the planting container with the potting soil mix, leaving about an inch of space at the top.
  2. Make a small depression in the soil with a finger or a pencil, no more than 1/2 inch deep. Place one seed in the depression.
  3. Fill the depression with soil and water the soil evenly.
  4. Cover the container with plastic wrap or a plastic bag to create a mini greenhouse effect, and place it in a warm area with indirect sunlight.
  5. Water the soil every other day, making sure not to overwater it. Check the moisture level with your finger to ensure it's moist, but not soaked.
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Step 4: Germination

Clivia seeds typically take between 4 and 8 weeks to germinate. You can tell if they have started germinating when you see small green sprouts emerge from the soil.

Once the seedlings have emerged, remove the plastic wrap or bag, and place the container in a well-lit area to encourage growth.

Step 5: Transplanting

Once the Clivia seedlings have grown to a height of about 4 inches, it's time to transplant them into individual pots. Follow these steps:

  1. Fill individual pots with a potting mix that is well-draining, and create a small depression in the center.
  2. Carefully remove the Clivia seedlings from the container, ensuring that the roots are intact.
  3. Place each seedling in its pot, and fill the depression with soil.
  4. Water the soil evenly, and place the pots in a well-lit area, but avoid direct sunlight.
  5. Water the seedlings every other day, and ensure that the soil remains moist, but not soaked.


Planting Clivia seeds requires patience and care, but with these steps, you can ensure a successful growth. With the right preparation, germination, and transplanting, you can enjoy vibrant and beautiful Clivia flowers in your home or garden. Good luck with your Clivia planting journey!

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