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Unusual Plants

Stapelia gigantea
A succulent with enormous flowers,
corolla has a diameter of up to 400mm
Ixia viridiflora
Very rare & unique!
‘Green ixia’
approx. 90cm tall, late spring flowering from the SW Cape. Makes a good cut flower and retains its colour if dried or pressed.
Pelargonium kaffrum

Pelargonium kaffrum
Rare.
Evergreen flowering in summer & spring. Underground tuberous roots and fine lacy foliage. 35cm tall.

Pelargonium bowkerii
Rare Evergreen with fine lacy flower & leaves. Spring flowering to 20cm tall with tuberous underground roots.

Pelargonium transvaalensis
Rare sp. with basiel crowns. Multi branching flowers during summer & dormant during winter. 25cm tall.

Clivia

Dark yellow ‘Butterball
and near white ‘Snowball’ –
no foul play here: this is a true
colour comparison.

Having been involved in the breeding of the yellow form of Clivia miniata since 1975, Cape Seed and Bulb are among the pioneers in the field development and promotion of selected forms of Clivia miniata var.citrina.

Our seed supply season is April to December.

Please remember: Some Clivia seedlings may be variable.

“Doris”, a seedling from “New Dawn”

The characteristics of our clones are as follows:
Mature plants normally give 2 flower stems per plant at a time.

  • Flower stems protrude well above the foliage.
  • Flowers have a light vanilla fragrance.
  • Mature plants normally bear 30 flowers or more on a head.
  • Well-grown plants flower after 3 season’s growth.
  • Foliage is lush, strong and dark green in colour.

Plants:

Our plants are 2-3 years old and mature. Most bulbs and plants are dispatched from January to April.

Prices per plant. For whole sale quantities, please ask for our price list.
See also our seed lists, some of the shown Clivias are also available as plants. (Price on request)
 Click on photos for enlargements.

New Stock available:

Clivia Coral
Clivia Silky
Clivia Flamby
Clivia Multipetal Tangerine
Doris also now available

Clivia Evening Glow
Clivia Vanilla Cream
Clivia Multipetal Crayola
Clivia Peach Blossom

Types of Lawn Mower and their Differences

If you are a passionate gardener, you might have sometimes dreamt of having an elegant, lush, and smooth green lawn. But I hope you aren’t basking on seeing it happen automatically.

It requires a considerable amount of effort and time to maintain and look after a lawn the right way. To achieve that, you need a good quality lawnmower. This lawnmower must be a style that’s fitting for your lawn size and grass type. Acquiring this will make a huge difference!

But this is the point where lawn owners feel overwhelmed. Since there are several types of lawnmowers, the task of selecting the right lawn mower could be daunting.

Below, we will analyze the best of machinery. We’ve explained what each lawn mower is best for and the differences between them. So if you’ve ever worried about the different types of lawn mower available, and the differences, the next subheading is the gem you’ve been searching for.

The Different Types of Lawn Mowers

Below, we will analyze seven different types of lawnmower and their differences.

1. Rotary Lawn Mowers

This type is the most common. They are designed with a single cutting blade that horizontally rotates under the mower at a very high speed. It worked a lot like the household food blender. The blade of Rotary lawnmowers spins around similarly like the propeller that is featured on a plane. Thus, it cuts the grass as it impacts it.

Among the types of lawnmowers, Rotary is the most versatile. It offers excellent performance for the majority of most surfaces and grass. They are highly powerful when compared to cylinder mowers and function well in cutting longer and coarser grasses.

They are available in cordless rechargeable battery modes, electric-powered engines, and petrol-powered engines. They all operate on the same principle.

2. Reel Lawn Mowers

This type is also identified as cylinder lawn mowers because they possess cylindrical blade units at the frontal part of the mower. Also, they vertically rotate. Generally, there are many blades designed with the cylinders. These could be at least three, and even more than that.

This type is an excellent choice for a flat lawn that gardeners want to keep short. You can’t adjust them, and they wouldn’t work well on rough surfaces. However, they will work well for flat surfaces. If a lawn is mainly flat, this reel lawn mower will be sufficient for it. And yes, it’s an affordable option for keeping your grass at regular height.

Although, this type does not cope very effectively with rougher and coarse grasses, they are perfect for softer and smoother regions. They also come both in electric and petrol powered engines. Yet, the most common types on the market are the push mowers that aren’t powered. It’s cheap and easier to maintain.

3. Hover Lawn Mowers

This type hovers above the ground rather than sliding along the surface. For that reason, it makes them an excellent option for undulating surfaces. Also, they are easier to push, unlike most alternative options. Credit goes to its limited friction against the floor.

Hover lawnmowers have continued to be an effective option for unusual shapes. They are easier to use in very awkward corners or even in uneven patches, leaving you with excellent control over the fiddly edges of your lawn.

Nevertheless, they aren’t so suitable for larger lawns. Also, if you’ve got a bigger lawn, then you will need to purchase a powerful and larger mower.

Also, they are often electric-powered and are usually cheaper in comparison to other types of lawnmowers in the market, but they aren’t the most powerful. And of course, that is a limitation that could lead to problems for a few folks with larger mowers.

4. Cordless Lawn Mowers

Want an excellent lawnmower for anyone ready to pay a bit more for added convenience? This type of mower is often hassle-free option, together with all the benefits of having a mower that is an electric-powered option with no cord that will limit your range.

This means that you have the privilege to purchase it for a slightly larger garden. Although, you could find them a little more substantial compared to the traditional lawnmower powered with electricity.

Lithium-ion batteries are used in running these modern cordless lawnmowers. And these batteries are long-lasting and lighter than the older type with nickel-cadmium style, but it sure does come at a high cost. For a beautiful and valuable cordless lawn mower, you might have to pay $500 or more. But if you’ve got the fund, think convenience, they sure are worth it!

5. Electric Lawn Mowers

Do you have a medium or small-sized lawn? Then, this electric lawn mower will be your best bet. Why? These types of mower are often smaller and more comfortable to keep. Also, they are cheaper, easier to steer, and are lighter in weight. Yes, they are powered by electricity for a usual power outlet.

True, they come at a cost ranging from $150 to $250, or even lower than $100, if you seek a smaller hover mower.

The essential thing you’d need to recall is that due to its cord length, your movement will be limited if it’s shorter than your whole garden, then moving around will be quite difficult. Therefore, measure your garden and the cable before your purchase; thus, you won’t be frustrated!

6. Petrol Lawn Mowers

This is especially nice for a large lawn. They are excellent for trimming a vast region of grass when an electric mower can’t reach. True, though, they are expensive and quite more extensive than the electric lawnmowers, but they have incredible advantages. They cut faster and are much more powerful. Also, they are often easier to steer around any obstacle that is shaped.

However, they have engines that run just like a car engine. What does that mean? They are more polluting than electric lawnmowers and would need to be maintained like car engines too. A popular type is riding lawn mower.

7. Unpowered Push Lawn Mowers

This push lawn mower just like a reel lawn mower because they have no internal motor. So, you need to push them to work. Inevitably that means that you need strength to push them. However, they are often lightweight and relatively small. Because they are small, they are the best for smaller gardens.

Their advantages are that they do not produce emissions and noise; so, they are more environmentally friendly and quieter and any other types of lawnmower. Also, they are cheaper and below the $100 mark.

Types of Lawn Mower and Different Lawn Sizes

As indicated above, a single mower can’t be appropriate for all types of lawn sizes. Well, there are no fast and hard rules regarding this. However, some quick guidelines could be followed to make sure a person gets the right type of lawnmower.

  • For a small lawn, 1000 sq ft. Go for an electric, cordless, or push mower.
  • For a medium-sized lawn, 1000-2500 sq ft. Go for petrol, electric, and cordless mower.

Conclusion

Now that we’ve gone through some of the most popular and common types of lawnmower and their differences, bear in mind that your budget will play a great role in your final decision. But ensure that it’s comfortable! Yes, you should now have a good picture of what is available in the market.