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Aug 16, 2012 1:00 PM CST
I have a young clivia about juvanile or young adult size and an adult plant which were find until the change of seasons. I got them in November and by early spring to mid spring I noticed the lever were starting to turn pail green to slightly yellow to yellow and then brown at the edges. After weeks and weeks of searching the internet for informatio about these plants I found myself in a world of conflicting information and information which really didn't answer my question about what was happening to these plants, why, and how to fix the problem. They were so seriously pot bound that I transplanted them as carefully as possible, however there was root disturbance and breakage. I di my best to give the roots protection from bacteria and fungus. The plants are in new pots with new soil and I'm now waiting to see the beginning of restored health and vigor. Does anyone know of any way I can help these plants along the road of recovery. What can I do so that this issue does not re-occur?
Name: Cheryl
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Aug 16, 2012 2:06 PM CST
IDK what area of the country you live in, dogpack, but in Texas my clivia live outside until winter. They occasionally lose leaves but pretty much get ignored. Yet they bloom, glorious large orange blooms! They get Osmocote early summer and a dose of blooming fertilizer in the early spring. They tend to like being pot-bound and not disturbed much.. The ones I have came from my 84 year old mother in law. It is special to me. Maybe I'd better pay more attention to it? :rofl:

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Aug 16, 2012 2:15 PM CST


Mine lives indoors all year, in bright light because the leaves burn easily in the sun. I water it when the soil is dry down 1 knuckle of my finger. I don't think I've ever fertilized it ans it blooms early every spring.
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Aug 16, 2012 2:23 PM CST
They like good drainage. They like a cool dry rest period in winter. But mine seems pretty happy with minimal care too, as above say. In Maryland it stays outside in hot humid shade until cool weather, then bring in to keep from freezing.
Since the problem was winter, I wonder if yoursd got too much moisture then. At that season it is trying to rest , so moisture would encourage problems.
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Aug 17, 2012 2:22 PM CST
Yeah! I appreciate your help. Smiling Hurray!
I have some pictures which hopefully should help shed some light upon what is happening. The clivia was fine until spring. All winter it was happy , spring it started to grow new leaves, then things started to change.

Aug 17, 2012 2:44 PM CST
trying again to upload pics.

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Nov 4, 2012 11:10 AM CST
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Dec 12, 2012 8:51 PM CST
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Although they do not like being disturbed, the two were in the same pot and I may have over watered tham, so after they had all of this, I decided out of desperation to divide them and pot them again with 90% new soil into new pots. This may be what they wanted because they seem fine now and I am dribbling water occasionally which seems to work well. They were outside in 50 or below temps but when it started going into the 40s I decided to bring them inside.

I appreciate all of your help.
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