March 25, 2009


  1. Rob says

    Heh. I gave one to my wife about a year and a half ago. The good news is the plant isn’t dead. The bad news is, it has never, ever bloomed.

    I’ve heard these things need to be root-bound to bloom. Maybe in another year, the plant will be big enough?

    • says

      Welcome, Vigilant20 (a good name if you want to succeed in gardening!). Nice to see you. Yes, the Clivia is a good companion, nice even when not in flower.

      Welcome, Rob. My plant (which was pretty small) didn’t bloom till year 3 with me, so don’t give up hope. On the earlier post, an expert grower jumped in on the comments and suggested his special flower-producing tips (he shows his plants), so you will want to look there, too.

  2. aja says

    I so enjoy looking at this beauty (I am less enjoying the Phil Collins song stuck in my head right now!!)


  3. says


    If they are well cared for, clivia plants typically start to bloom around 3 to 4 years of age with a minimum of 8 adult leaves (about new 2 leaves per year). Anything smaller probably will not bloom. Also, they need a dormancy period of about 10 to 12 weeks of dry, cool temperature (40s) and darkness to initiate flowering buds. Root bound plants are less likely to bloom. This is a myth. They are also heavy feeders too – so give them plenty of food and send them outdoor under a shaded spot once the danger of frost is over.

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