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The Clivia is a very popular, evergreen houseplant. The plant is somewhat demanding and needs a little more attention and care than other plants. Good care, however, is rewarded with a beautiful flower splendor. The Clivia belongs to the family Amaryllisgewächse. Originally the plants come from South Africa.
- Location: bright, no direct sun
- Growth: 60 to 70 cm high
- Flowering: late winter to early spring
- Rest period: September / October to January
- Watering: keep it evenly moist
- Fertilizer: 7 to 14 days liquid fertilizer during flowering
- Diseases / pests: mostly due to care errors / hardly any pest infestation
- Propagation: daughter plants
- Repot: every 3 to 4 years
The Clivia does not like direct sunlight, but needs plenty of light to thrive optimally. In summer, the plants also feel good on the balcony or in the garden. During flowering, the location should not be changed, otherwise the flowers may fail. A marker on the flower pot helps to find the same position. During the rest period the Clivia needs a cool location with 8° C to 12° C.
The Clivia can reach a size of up to 70 cm. The plant is characterized by its long, dark green leaves. She also owes her name "Riemenblatt". It has fleshy roots and an onion-like stem. Over the years, the Clivia evolves into a magnificent indoor plant.
The flowering period is from February to May. Then the plants produce impressive, bright red or orange flowers. On a umbel there are up to 20 funnel flowers on a long shaft. The Clivia only blooms when its rest period is strictly adhered to.
The Clivia needs a rest period of at least 2 months, otherwise it can not produce flowers. This should be between September / October to January. If this rest period is respected, the plant will bloom from February to May. Some plants can be re-used and flower twice a year.
In summer, the root ball should be kept evenly moist. Waterlogging does not tolerate waterlogging. If too little or too much water, the leaves lose their color and become wrinkled. From September, the casting is gradually reduced. During the resting period, the plant should be almost dry. The leaves can occasionally be wiped off. After hibernation, the Clivia gets used again to higher temperatures and the Wassergaben be increased again.
As soon as the first flowering stems become visible, the Clivia begins to be fertilized. The plant gets a liquid fertilizer every 14 days. In the late summer (1 month before the rest period) the fertilizer inputs are completely stopped.
Diseases / pests
The clivia is very rarely attacked by animal pests. Sometimes lice populate the plants. This is then sitting near the rhizome between the leaves. Most Clivia diseases are the result of improper care. Too little water results in withered leaves, too much water makes the leaf tips brown. Waterlogging causes root rot. If the clivia gets too much sun, the leaves turn yellow or get brown spots. If the flower stem is too short and does not properly grow out of the leaves, it is often because the plant was kept too warm and moist during the rest period.
Propagation of the clivia takes place via daughter plants that are formed after flowering. These can be carefully separated from the mother plant during repotting and placed in individual pots. The Kindel should have at least 4 leaves. Suitable substrate is potting soil, which is mixed with sand and peat. In a bright location, the young plants form roots after a few weeks.
It is enough to repot the Clivia every 3 to 4 years. When the roots cover the pot surface, the plant needs a 2 cm larger pot. When repotting the fleshy should not be damaged
- Height 45cm
- Width 45cm
- Temperature 16-24° C
- Bright location
- Perennial shrub
The clivie needs a bright location, but does not tolerate noon sun. In summer, Clivia is kept at 16 - 24° C and ensures always moist soil.In winter temperatures range from 10 - 13° C and economical watering. If flower buds show in late winter, increase the temperature to 16° C and pour more and more, fertilize 14 times a day.