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At Southlands Nursery, things are always changing,
and not just with the seasons. We're constantly creating,
searching and bringing in new plants and exciting items
on a regular basis.

Get a sneak peak here or come visit us soon.

SOUTHLANDS NURSERY
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Could it be that dreams do come true?
When artistic talent, sweat, business savvy and encyclopedic
plant knowledge are combined, it seems they do....

Southlands Nursery is a walk-in fantasy,
where beauty always comes before profit.

STORE INFO
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Established in 1991, and located in a charming 'equestrian pocket' on Vancouver's upscale
westside, this unique area called Southlands is a horse friendly enclave right in the city.
Large lots and small acreages house many stables, and it is not unusual to see horses and their
riders go by our gates. With delicious free coffee always on hand, many people tell us that they
come down to the nursery just to experience the beautiful atmosphere.
We hope you will visit soon!

TOM SPEAKS
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According to all my grade school report cards, I never stop speaking!

Here is where I rant/ share/ proselytize about whatever I think is
beautiful/ interesting/ semi-important....

JUST IN
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At Southlands Nursery, things are always changing,
and not just with the seasons. We're constantly creating,
searching and bringing in new plants and exciting items
on a regular basis.

Get a sneak peak here or come visit us soon.

FAVOURITES
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Visiting Vancouver?
Want to order flowers?

Check out this very personal list of some of Thomas Hobbs favourite
Vancouver shops and restaurants you may not otherwise discover.

DAYLILIES
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Thomas Hobbs own hybrids (and other fabulous varieties) are available in
limited numbers. Hybridizing daylilies has become an absolute obsession....
using cutting edge parent plants from the world's top breeders.

Half the fun is in naming them!

ORDERING
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We will never be a fully online shopping nursery, but from time to time
we'll offer special plants or things.Thomas Hobbs own daylily introductions
will be available for Spring or Fall shipping.

We hope to offer other specialties,
such as own own Nerine hybrids, this way, also.

BOOKS & PRESS
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The only thing I love more than gardening is sharing that passion with others.
I've had the pleasure of writing 2 books and have been featured in a number of professional
horticultural and gardening magazines. For the past 16 years I've also worked in television on
GlobalBC's Saturday morning news 'Gardening with Thomas Hobbs' segments. The nursery has
been featured on virtually every gardening show including 'The Victory Garden', 'Martha Stewart'
and 'Recreating Eden'. We were even home to 'The Orchid Nazi' on the hit TV show The X Files!

March 6, 2010

Completely Crazy about Clivias !

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 7:20 pm

Clivias March 2010 (6)            We have an amazing selection of blooming Clivia plants for sale, right now !  I grew them all from seed, which I planted four years ago. The timing of their flowering has been amazingly consistent, they all took four years to bloom. The colour range is wonderful – each plant is slightly different .  I remember, not that many years ago, when White Flower Farm of Litchfield, Connecticutt offered the first yellow clivias for $900.00 each !!  The yellow form has always been very rare , and the price has come down. We are selling them at the bargain price of $40.00 in bloom !!! 
    I remember buying a  very small ‘guaranteed yellow’ seedling for $110.00 at Toronto’s ‘Canada Blooms’ show a few years ago. I could not resist. Three years later it bloomed. It was orange.  Buying a clivia in bloom is a good idea, because you know what you are  getting .
     Clivias are super easy to grow. They are actually indestructible . I have always noticed them in old barberClivias March 2010shop windows, and in Chinatown in almost every business . I think the flowers are ‘lucky’.  They don’t need much light, and will bloom about once a year. Ordinary indoor plant potting mix is fine, and fertilizer is an option. If you do choose to feed, don’t do it often. They are happy to just sit there.  I have sprinkled mine with a small handful of slow-release 14-14-14 plant food on the top of the soil, and watering releases a bit of plant food each time.
      Clivias will produce ‘pups’ – a new fan of leaves at the base of the mother plant. Eventually, they ‘clump up’ and can be divided, making sure each piece of plant (each division) has a few roots .  Pot them up separately, in fairly small pots, as they sort of like being rootbound. The less wet potting soil around a new division means the less chance for rot.  You will probably not see a selection of clivias for sale again, at least north of California , so come and take a look at these beauties !  All are priced at a very reasonable $40.00.

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