As you would all know by now, I am an excitable woman. And this week, I am really excited about my new Clivias.
My sister, Sandra, put me onto a fabulous nursery, Clivia Classiques, in Forrestdale. We went there last week and I was extremely impressed. They have a huge enclosure, exclusively dedicated to Clivias. There are thousands of Clivias. I could not believe my eyes. When we were there, most of the Clivias were just in bud but, in a week or two, the whole area will be amass with blooms.
Every year, Clivia Classiques has a show. This year, it is on the weekend of 12-13 September. Unfortunately, I can’t make it that weekend but I intend to go in the next couple of days and then, once more, after the show.
For a person who likes to collect named varieties of things, it is a bit disconcerting. None of the plants are tagged. Basically, if you see a flower you like, you buy the plant. Because most of the plants were only in bud when I was there, I didn’t have too much choice. That is why I need to go back.
Most of the plants sell for $30, although some are $20 (I couldn’t work out why), and some very rare ones are much, much more expensive.
When I was at the nursery, there was a customer who had flown in from Melbourne to buy plants. Clearly, the nursery has a good reputation. The customer paid $500 for one plant, “unseen”, ie, it was yet to flower. The customer was telling me how cheap the plants were compared to Melbourne.
Clivias like plenty of light but no direct sun. A covered patio is perfect. I have planted mine under my house. They also like it pretty dry – a watering once or twice a fortnight is sufficient and a sprinkling of high potassium (slow release ) fertiliser in September and February. That is it.
My own plants are still in bud. I may do another post of them when they flower and of any more purchases.
This photo was taken last year. It is in bud at the moment.
The bottom photo was taken by my sister, Sandra, at last year’s show. That is exactly what is was like when I went except all the plants were in bud. Geez, it must be beautiful when they are all in bloom. If you are interested, the address of the nursery is 630 Armadale Road, Forrestdale.