Wednesday 3rd October 2018
Presentation by Hugh Williams

There are a number of methods to germinate clivia seeds, Hugh has tried a good number of them with mixed results.
Hugh Wilkins
I have tried a good number of methods to germinate clivia seeds, with mixed results. I have set out (below), my most successful one which has a 95 to 100% success rate, this does vary depending on a number of factors including the viability of the seed (age, size, quality, even genetics), Temperature, moisture level, environment, light etc…

  1. Clean/Fresh seeds are soaked overnight in water with a dash of Bleach and dishwashing liquid
  2. Seed is placed on a bed of perlite with its growing point (a small dot on the seed) pointing up. The container used is up to you , it can be a plastic bag, a closable clear plastic food container, plastic pot or like me a seedling tray…
  3. Seeds technically don`t need light to grow as they feed on their seed reserves….
  4. Clivia seeds need a minimum temperature of 24 degC. to germinate and then grow…This can be achieved by waiting for Spring, bottom heat beds(mine are set for 24degC.), place on a heat source eg. Hot water service, modem or fridge...
  5. Seeds need to be moist not wet/sodden , this can be done with a closed container, or placed in a plastic bag tied or misters….
  6. Cleanliness and a sterilized equipment, seed, Perlite and water is important…
  7. I add a dash of bleach to all water added to the seeds as well as spraying the seeds on a daily bases when the container is not completely sealed…
  8. The seeds should start sprouting in 7 to 14 days if the temperature is adequate…
  9. After a few months when the seedling has a leaf and root 3 to 4cms long it can be potted…

The images below are just a few examples of my current breeding lines.