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Tag: Spring Flowers

Planting Clivia seed

It's August so the Clivia seed is red, or yellow if you have yellow flowering plants, and is ripe and ready to be planted. Scrape off the fleshy outer covering, which is apparently very good for your nails and cuticles. Place the seed on top of the soil in a seed tray and cover with leaf mold or chunky compost. Water and wait. don't be surprised when the root comes out first and goes up in the air before bending down into the soil. This root seems to drag the seed down and the leaves will soon unfold.
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The Language of flowers

The language of flowers dates back to the early Chinese Dynasties and was brought to Europe by the King of Sweden in 1714. Queen Victoria’s fascination with the language of flowers in 1847 prompted her to spread the word throughout the world. Ironically it came full circle as Kate Middleton chose specific flowers for her bouquet when she married William in 2011. The flowers Kate used in her bouquet were : Lily of the Valley for the return of happiness. Hyacinth for the constancy of love. Ivy for fidelity and friendship. Other South African flower meanings :
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How to get the best display of flowers from your Clivia plants.

Clivia do like an acid soil and you can achieve this by adding bark chips to the soil as it lowers the PH levels. Don't forget to add compost and mulch well. Keep the plants dryish during the winter as this will stimulate the formation of flower spikes. Enjoy a mass of flowers in Spring!
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