How to Harvest Clivia Seeds


Brightly tinted clivia blooms of the Amaryllidaceae family add a colorful touch to your garden. Clivias thrive in shady areas, making these flowers ideal for a yard receiving partial sun. While it takes three to four years after planting the seeds for the plant to reach maturity, the wait will be worth it as you will thereafter enjoy the sight of orange, pink, and yellow clivia blossoms adorning your garden.

Step 1

Wait for nine to ten months after pollination and look for the berries to swell and change color to yellow or orange from their original green, indicating seed ripeness.

Step 2

Apply gently pressure to each berry with your thumb and forefinger and pull the berries from the clivia when they give slightly and feel like ripened peaches.

Step 3

Place berries into a bowl of water and peel off their skins to reveal and remove the seeds. Work under the water to keep your hands clean.

Step 4

Scrub the seeds gently with a toothbrush to remove the outer membrane.

Step 5

Drain the water, separating out the seeds from the berry skins, and fill the bowl with fresh water.

Step 6

Soak the clivia seeds overnight in the clean water.

Step 7

Fill a flower pot with a 50-50 mixture of African violet potting soil and sand.

Step 8

Press the seeds halfway into the top of the soil so you can still see them. Do not cover them completely with the growing mixture.

Step 9

Water the soil until it feels slightly damp and leave the seeds to sprout in a warm spot for two to three weeks.

Step 10

Water the clivia seedlings twice each week until leaves about 10 cm (2 1/2 inches) long have formed, after about six months.

Step 11

Transplant the seedlings into separate pots or your garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Mature (flowering) clivia
  • Toothbrush
  • Bowl of water
  • 50-50 mixture African violet potting soil and sand (or mulch)
  • Flowerpot


  • Pacific Bulb Society: Clivia
  • Cape Seed and Bulb: Clivia Cultivation
  • Longwood Gardens: Growing Clivia From Seed
Keywords: clivia, harvest clivia seeds, Amaryllidaceae

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Athena Hessong began her freelance writing career in 2004. She draws upon experiences and knowledge gained from teaching all high school subjects for seven years. Hessong earned a Bachelor's in Arts in history from the University of Houston and is a current member of the Society of Professional Journalists.