baby, take a look at me now: yellow clivia

yellow-clivia-fully-openNOT CONTENT WITH ITS FIRST CLOSEUP, the yellow Clivia offered this by week’s end last week, a full-on flowerhead of massive proportion. A great plant, as I have already mentioned.

  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?

    1. margaret 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. L.T. 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.

  3. Mariele McBride says:

    Margaret, thank you for this review of clivias. I have 2, which my mother brought over from Germany hidden in her suitcase ( I know she shouldn’t have), probably in the late 1970s. They only survived because of my neglect. They have bloomed many times, sometimes when they should have and sometimes in the summer. They have not flowered in the last couple of winters and because we are spending February and March away, I was thinking of just giving up on them. You inspired me to keep going, and possibly passing them on to our daughter. I find it extremely hard to kill any living plant, especially one with such history and longevity. Now that I know what I am supposed to do – no problem with withholding water – and the cooling cycle, perhaps it will reward me with flowering for my 83rd birthday! Thank you for your inspiration.

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