Our plant of the month, and one which is suited to our climate, is Clivia Miniata are native to South Africa and they are found in the wild in colonies growing in partial shade in rich, well drained soil.

The name Clivia apparently comes from the fact that the first person to grow the plant and actually get it bloom in the UK, was Lady Charlotte Clive.

In the eighteenth century two specimens were brought to the UK from Kwazulu-Natal and Clivia went on to become one of the most popular plants of the Victorian era, spreading all across Europe.

Today there are four types of Clivia available (C.Nobilis, C.Gardenii, C.Caulescens, C.Miniata) together with hybrids bred from these four.

The latter have led to a wide range of showy plants with flowers in red, yellow, cream or apricot colours, wide fan-shaped leaves and miniature versions of all of the hybrids.

Clivia miniata is a spreading plant, long-lived, with long, dark green leaves. The leaves emerge from the meaty bulbs below ground and can reach a length of 45cm with up to 8cm width. Bright, orange flowers usually appear in spring.

They open in April and May, but the plant may also produce single flowers at other times of the year. The orange flowers and dark green leaves make this plant stand out in any situation.

Clivia can be grown from seed or from splitting plants off from already established specimens. It must be planted in at least part shade, in hummus-rich soil, as it easily burns if exposed to direct sunlight.

The humus-rich soil is vital to hold water for the plant during the dry months when it needs regular watering, in the winter this can be much reduced

It is sensitive to frost and can suffer from being exposed to harsh winds whilst standing in moist soil.

If planting Clivia you need to choose the right site, bearing in mind the plant’s needs and limitations. It is reported that the stems and roots of this plant are poisonous. However, it is used in medications for a range of diseases.

This is a plant that can be used in landscaping in the Mediterranean region as long as a sheltered, shady site is chosen.

One plant will, over a number of years, spread to form a group. If you cannot wait for this to happen then you should plant a group.

It is also an excellent plant for containers bearing in mind that it should never be placed in direct sunlight.

The Palm Centre, Koycegeiz

For a wide range of special plants visit the areas best nursery, The Palm Centre at Köyceğiz.

It is open daily between 1st June – 31st October but you can visit at any other time by appointment.

Access to plant sales is free but a fee is payable to look around the extensive nursery.

Just ring or email (English is spoken):

E-mail: : palmiyemerkezi@ttnet.net.tr palmiyemerkezi@ttnet.net.tr

Tel : +90 252 262 28 92

Fax : +90 252 262 51 61

Website : http://www.palmiyemerkezi.com