The Q&A Archives: Clivia Leaves Drying Up

Question: Clivia miniata is a great plant. I am raising a couple (from seed, in the 2nd year). One frustration - the leaves keep getting dried up at the end. I believe I am an adequate gardener. I provide moisture every 5 days or so. The plants are in soilless mix, in a 5" pot, with adequate light. I just don't know why they dry up at the end, and slowing inward. I have also the yellow-flowered (rare, they say) kind. That one is also in the 3rd year, but that one does not dry up at the leave end. How do I solve this problem of leaves drying up?

Answer: Clivias like to be pot bound--it could be that your 3-year old plant is happier because its roots are filling out the pot better! Also, prolonged sun exposure can cause leaf scorch--the plant prefers just a few hours of direct sun, preferably in the morning, with bright light without direct sun for the rest of the day.

Could you be overwatering your 2-yr old plants? Perhaps the soilless mix is holding a little too much water--the older one, being more pot bound, has less soil and therefore holds less water. Dry leaf edges are commonly a sign of overwatering--but it could also be over fertilizing, underwatering, inadequate humidity, or pests. It's hard to know for sure!

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