“Sarah’s” Wild Child

Let’s watch it grow together.

In the dozens of seeds I’ve sprouted, I’ve only had one other that was unusual, but still not on the scale of what this seedling is doing. It may turn out totally normal, but with such an unusual start, I’m curious to see where it goes and whether this oddity is reproduceable. And, probably most importantly, whether this is a gateway to Clivia that produce more than one bloom at a time.

Sarah’s Wild Child

Please refer to the photo below to see how this seedling differs from a normal seedling. When this seed sprouted, it produced two leaves at once, on the same side. In this picture, those leaves are numbers 1 and 2. At number 3, we see a real leaf coming up paired to the inner of the two starter leaves, numbered 2. There isn’t a leaf paired to the outer of the two starter leaves (numbered 1), but it is growing something new at it’s base, number 4. I have no idea whether it’s an entirely new plant, whether it’s a conjoined twin, or what the roots are doing.

This is an example of what a Clivia seedling normally looks like. When sprouting, it sends out a single thick root and it’s starter leaf. It’s not really considered a real leaf, since it doesn’t necessarily have the form of the coming leaves and it tends to die off once the real leaves start. Pictured here is another seedling from the same cross showing the starter leaf on the left and it’s first real leaf on the right.