Clivia seed heads

Clivia Miniata (a native South African plant) that bloomed in winter has set some nice seed heads (I pollinated the plant to itself using cotton swabs). The seed heads will stay where they are for several months. When they turn a bright purple (sometime in September/October), that means they're ready to be picked, cleaned, planted in a sterile, soil-free mix, and placed under the grow lights. I've had successes and failures with this; some have grown and thrived, others died in the seedling stage. It's a fun process either way it goes. Of course, it's lovely to make new plants from seed. Full-size clivs bought at the nursery are EXPENSIVE!

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