The Q&A Archives: Clivia

Question: I just purchased a Clivia. It's flower is already spent. Is it important to cut the flower stem off the plant so that all the energy goes to the green? Or does it not matter at all? How often would the plant need transplanting, I heard it likes to be pot bound.

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, and adapt well to growing in pots. 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. In pots, they flower best when slightly potbound. 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. You can remove the spent flowers and stems to keep your Clivia looking neat and attractive.

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