Clivia

Cultural Information

Immediately Upon Arrival:

Unpack at once.

Plant ASAP.

Ideal Planting Conditions for Clivia

 

Typical 2 yr old plant

Typical 1 yr plant

 

We ship bare root plants.  These South African natives handle period of drought without any damage.  Pot them up, and they will take off as if they have never been out of soil.

Planting Depth:  Plant at same depth.

Soil: Any well draining mix. We prefer organic mixes for pot plant use.  For in-ground and nursery use, many growers mix 50% organics (peat, bark, sawdust, coir, etc) with 50% native soil to make the transition to a permanent in-ground planting more successful.

Pot Size:

One year old plants can be planted into 1 gallon containers.

Two year old plants will require a 2 gallon or 5 gallon container.

Ideal Growing Conditions for Clivia

Clivia are sub-tropical plants which do not handle freezing. Thick water storing roots allow these plants to survive extended periods of drought in their natural environment which is a wet-dry ecosystem. These are easy plants to grow.

Light: 50-80% shade. Outdoor shade cloth in frost free locations. 900-1200ft candles.

Fertilizer: Any balanced feed, either as constant feed at 200ppm N, or as slow release.

Water: Allow to plants to become fairly dry before watering again.  Roots are large and fleshy.  Overwatering will rot the roots.  In Winter months, when light levels are low and day/night temperatures are in the 40s and 50s, water sparingly, just often enough to prevent leaf shriveling. Cold wet roots die.  Resume normal watering temperatures warm.

Temperature: Flowers emerge in Spring when day temperatures rise into the 60s, nights in the 50s. Plants grow aggressively all summer with warm days and nights. They tolerate high heat, up to 110f without damage, if provided humidity of >30%.

 

Finishing Times for Clivia

Clivia in March in Vista, California

Flowering:  Flowers emerge in the Spring.

Plants flower after their 2nd winter dormancy period.  We ship both one year old and two year old plants. Two year old plants are blooming size, and normally a large percentage of them will bloom in the first year of planting into 1 or 2 gallon containers.

Flower buds form deep in the bulb during the Fall and Winter, and rise up with the first warm days of Spring.  In Southern California, peak bloom is between the last week of February and mid-March.  Flowering is finished in most years before April 1st.