The Q&A Archives: Over-wintering Clivia

Question: I have a small, never bloomed clivia that I need to overwinter. I have been told to take it to an unheated garage and leave it for the cold months unwatered etc. I worry. Is this the best way? I have access to a greenhouse if that would work better. Please advise...

Answer: There are two schools of thought about clivia, and I have seen gardeners succeed with them both ways. Some place the plant in a fairly cool (not freezing) area and withhold water for a few months during the fall, then bring the plant into normal household temperatures to restart it into active growth. Others maintain the plant in active growth with plenty of water all year, but ensure that it receives somewhat cooler temperatures in the fall in order to initiate buds. (You will find that the cooler the plant is kept, the less watering it needs.) Generally speaking clivia does better with average to cool household daytime temperatures and prefers somewhat cooler nights; what you decide to do may depend on what type of conditions you have to offer the plant. Good luck with your clivia!

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