The Q&A Archives: Rebloom the clivia plant

Question: What is needed for the clivia plant to rebloom? I have it inside the house with just long strappy leaves. I water it once a week. What else is needed?

Answer: Clivias flower through spring and summer and will only flower once per stem. Each plant, however, may produce multiple stems if the growing conditions are right, adding to their length of flowering. Clivias flower more reliably if you give them a period of rest in late fall. For 12-14 weeks (about 3 months), keep the plant in light in a cool room (50-65?F is ideal) and withhold water. Keep a close eye on your plant during this resting period. If you notice that it is beginning to wilt, add a scant amount of water, just enough to moisten the soil lightly. Begin normal watering at the end of the "Winter Rest". Bloom usually, but not always, follows in 6-12 weeks. During the growing season, which begins after the "Winter Rest" and continues through October, water thoroughly (until water drains freely from the hole in the bottom of the pot) when the top inch of the potting mix becomes dry to the touch. Clivias prefer to be kept on the dry side. Potting mix that remains constantly wet can cause rot, which is first manifested by the appearance of pale green or bright orange cankers on the leaves. We strongly suggest that you avoid a weekly watering regimen and instead water only when the plant requires it.

Following the above guidelines should help your plant produce lots of flowers next spring. enjoy!

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