Gardening

Clivia: the Lily of St-Joseph


The clivia is a beautiful flowering indoor plant.

It brings happiness to our homes and apartments thanks to its great decorative power and its unique flowers.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Clivia
Family : Amaryllidaceae
Type : Houseplant

Height
: 0.4 to 0.6 m indoors
Exposure : Bright or partial shade
Ground : Potting soil

Foliage
: Persistent
Flowering : spring

Planting and repotting the clivia

The clivia is a plant that we does not move easily. It likes to be cramped and does not tolerate repeated repotting.

You will therefore only repot your clivia every 2 to 3 years and preferably in the spring.
Repot your clivia in a pot slightly larger in diameter than the old one.

  • The roots of the clivia do not like not the excess water.
    Make sure that the pot is always pierced at the bottom.
    Improve drainage by placing a bed of gravel or gravel at the bottom of the pot. clay balls to facilitate the flow of water.
  • A good soil is necessary.
    The clivia, when it lives indoors, needs soil because it alone will provide it with the nutrients it needs.

Size and maintenance of the clivia

Remove them wilted flowers progressively by cutting the floral stalk at the base.

Also remove the leaves that turn yellow.

Clivia exposure

The best place to install your clivia is near a window which lets the light pass but without direct sun during the hottest hours.

  • He dreads the excess of sun which dries up the plant.
    For improve flowering, you can nevertheless offer it a little sun in the morning or in the evening.
  • Absolutely avoid the proximity of a heat source such as a radiator as this plant needs humidity.
    The ideal temperature is around 20 °.

Watering the clivia

Watering regular but moderate is necessary.
Throughout the year and especially in summer, mist the foliage to recreate the humidity of its natural environment.

In spring and summer:

Keep the potting soil moist and make sure that the water flow is correct.

Bring someliquid fertilizer for flowering plants approximately every 8 to 15 days during the growing season

  • Regularly spray the foliage with preferably non-hard water.

In autumn and winter:

Reduce watering so that you wait until the soil is dry on the surface between 2 waterings.

  • Stop adding fertilizer in the fall.

Clivia diseases

We find mainly common diseases of houseplants and especially cochineal.

But also,

  • If the leaves dry and turn brown, it is too much sun.
  • The leaves turn white and flowers are small, add fertilizer more regularly.
  • If the clivia does not bloom it is undoubtedly that it needs more freshness.
  • The plant rots at the base, limit watering to a minimum, that is, when the soil is dry.

To know about the clivia

A wonderful houseplant, the clivia is nonetheless very poisonous and should be handled with gloves to avoid any risk of poisoning.

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