Important Information

When choosing a Clivia or other plant to buy please read these important guidelines!

*All Clivias and Cryptostephanus are posted bare rooted unless pick-up is arranged.

*All inquiries, ordering and payment is via phone/email and bank transfer or PayPal.

* DPI restrictions prevent us sending plants to Tasmania & Western Australia

*We do not provide Phytosanitory Certificates

Please read the general information below on:

Web Site Images

Genetic Variation of Clivias

Clivia colour and Photographic colour reproduction

Planting out

Clivia Flowering

Caring for your Clivias.

Web Site Images:

Unless stated that images are of a particular plant or offset from that plant, the different product images on this web site are indicative only, representing the general appearance in either mature or immature state.

Genetic variation of Clivias:

Genetic variation occurs in most of the plants of the world and Clivias are no different.
It is recognised that a small percentage of the seeds (generally 10%) of Clivias line bred for certain traits, for example flower colour, may revert to a different flower colour due to this natural diversity. Whilst every care is taken to fairly represent the Clivias for sale, this genetic variation can result in a plant flowering a different colour than that expected. Generally speaking the plant will still be a joy to grow and behold in flower, and in some cases we have sold standard landscape plants that have flowered collectors items due to this diversity!  We therefore cannot take responsibility for plants bought out of flower that have regressed to a different colour or tone on flowering.

A departure from the above is when we sell offsets (Clones) from any photographed collectible where the traits of the parent plant will be passed to the clone. Also, any of the higher priced Clivias such as Nick’s collectibles will in most instances be flowered before sale to confirm colour characteristics.

Clivia & Cryptostephanus colour and Photographic colour reproduction:

Please note the following important information on how your eyes perceive flower colour, and our ethical approach to displaying flower colour on
The images we take are imported into a photo editing program where only basic work such as ‘cropping’, ‘exposure’ and ‘sharpening’ adjustments are made before exporting to The flower colour you see on your computer screen and when plants flower in your location may show tonal differences and will depend on important factors including:
The calibration of the computer monitor you are using to view my photo, the shade factor of the environment you plant into i.e. if darker or lighter than the shade house in which I grow the plant or under a different coloured shade cloth, and the fertiliser regime you give your Clivia after planting which can affect flower colour depth.  Environmental conditions such as temperature at time of bud set and flowering can also impact flower tone.


Unless a local pick up is arranged, all Clivias and Cryptostephanus are washed clean of loose potting mix and posted bare rooted with damp newspaper or other suitable material included to maintain slight humidity in transit. Plants are very comfortable with this method of delivery.
Planting in the garden or potting mix can be done within a few days of receipt as long as plants are kept damp, cool and shaded.

Planting out:

Both of these genus are extremely hardy but can be set back particularly by over watering once established, or planting in poorly drained soil. Remember that most Clivias in particular are native to the shaded forest floor in well drained leaf litter. Always choose a medium or planting area with this in mind. Having said that, this genus of plant has been known to grow well in a broad range of mixes and locations due to its hardiness. What should be avoided unless absolutely necessary is watering both genus in excessively hot weather. This can lead to bacterial rot in the leaf base and possible death of the plant. Established Clivias and vansonii in the shade quite happily out last hot spells without water. Rule of thumb in our nursery is no watering when the temperature rises above about 32 degrees Celsius!

Fertilising and caring for your plants:

Any quality slow release fertiliser with trace elements is suitable for both genus during the growing season and again in mid Winter for flower bud development, and is what we use almost exclusively in our nursery. Other fertilisers such as lawn or soluble fertilisers are fine but always err on the side of caution with application rates! Seaweed extract is also a good additive to watering on occasions through the growing season.
As far as pests and diseases are concerned, Mealy Bug is the major pest where control is maintained within our nursery by Confidor or similar. Snails and slugs can also be an issue with Clivias as can fungus gnats. There are many products on the market to control these.
Winter is generally known as the “rest period” for Clivias and we only water sparingly during the colder months as plants store sufficient in their masses of thick roots.

Clivia Flowering:

Flowering is influenced significantly by temperature and Clivias flower well when temperatures fall below 10 degrees Celsius for at least 30 days during Winter. This allows good bud set within the growing meristem, and a scape that extends above the plant before flowers open. Always protect your Clivias from frost by growing under tree canopies, shade structures or roof eves.