The Q&A Archives: Clivia Care

Question: What is the proper care and feeding for clivias ?

Answer: Clivias are tuberous-rooted evergreen perennials, native to South Africa. They're related to the amaryllis family, with brilliant clusters of orange funnel-shaped flowers rising from dense clumps of dark green, strap-like foliage. Clivias grow best in shady beds and borders, in moist soil. Water your plants regularly to keep them looking their best. When planting, place the tuber just above the soil line (as you would when planting iris), and allow the clumps to grow undisturbed for best flower display. Feed your Clivias every 4 weeks during the growing season with a diluted liquid fertilizer. Blooming period is between December and April, with most blooms between March and April. In your gardening region you can leave the tubers in the ground all year 'round.

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