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Posted by Tom Broome on 11/17/2007, 7:50 pm, in reply to "Clivias"
: Hi, I'm from SE Alabama. I've been
: growing Sago from seeds as a hobby.
: I was in Key West Oct a year ago and
: collected some palm seeds I tried
: the plastic bag method and several
: sprouted. I'm not sure what kind of
: Palm it was but the fruits were
: bright red. It was a tall palm with
: a smooth trunk about 10-15' tall.
: I've been interested in Clivias.
: Would you describe your potting mix
: for these plants? Unfortunately fire
: ants invaded one of my pots
: containing a Clivia and it died.
: Thanks for your help
To be honest, I am still experimenting with clivias and really don't think I am great at growing them yet. What I have done is try to give them even better drainage than most of my cycads, so what I do is add small river rocks and some extra sand to my regular mix that I talk about in my article about soil.(which is on my linked website) I think my regular soil with the Canadian peat might hold just a little too much water for clivias, so I cut it with these other products. I hope this helps. Clivias are such strange plants. they look like you should water them all the time and keep them in the heat, but they liike it cool and as not moist (I didn't want to say dry) as my blue encephalartos plants. There is no wonder that some of the yellows naturally grow around Encephalartos natalensis in habitat.
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