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March 25, 2009

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  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

    Rob,

    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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