Bulbs forum: Yellow Clivia is blooming!

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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 24, 2010 6:05 AM CST
Last fall I found this Clivia on a clearance wrack at Lowes, for $5! If you've ever seen those in catalogs, you know what a deal that was. It is blooming now!

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"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Jan
Cape Coral, FL
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Sunshinesw
Apr 30, 2010 2:12 PM CST
Love that Clivia.
I have 5 Clivias, some are old enough to bloom but none are blooming.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
May 1, 2010 4:35 AM CST
Do you grow them in the ground or pots?
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Jan
Cape Coral, FL
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Sunshinesw
May 1, 2010 4:51 AM CST
I have them in the pots. I withhold water in the fall.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
May 1, 2010 5:05 AM CST
I haven't done anything special to mine, and have seen blooms the last couple of years. My first Clivia is a typical orange one, given to me as a "pup" from a friend's plant. It took a year to get big enough and bloomed the next. This yellow one was from a sale wrack last year and bloomed early this spring. I also withhold water through winter, gave them a drink about once a month. In spring I move them outside to the shady deck where they receive regular watering, and fertilize them from time to time through the growing season.

Jan, do folks grow them in the ground where you are? If they're hardy there, perhaps try one or two in the ground and see if that makes the difference. They are gorgeous when they can increase into large clumps.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Jan
Cape Coral, FL
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Sunshinesw
May 6, 2010 4:39 AM CST
I haven't seen any clivia growing outdoors. Hmmm
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
May 6, 2010 4:47 AM CST
What hardiness zone are you in? I believe they're hardy to zone 9b.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Jan
Cape Coral, FL
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Sunshinesw
May 6, 2010 2:49 PM CST
It's 10a but we get heavey rain during the Summer..
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
May 6, 2010 11:19 PM CST
Oh, then you should give them a try outside! They don't mind moisture in summer, its winter when they prefer to be on the dry side. I can't recall where he lived, but there was a DG member who lived in southern Florida who posted the most gorgeous pics of big clumps of Clivia growing in the ground as perennials.

And I read something the other day about Clivia that may be the reason yours hasn't bloomed. The site said that they need a winter chill to set bloom buds, a few weeks in the 40s. Mine have been kinda hit and miss on blooming, but I think that may be why. Sometimes I've kept them in warmer rooms for winter, others I've kept them in an unheated room.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Sue Taylor
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kniphofia
Jun 1, 2010 12:09 PM CST
I was thrilled to discover buds on my yellow clivia the other day :)

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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Jun 3, 2010 5:19 AM CST
That's awesome, Sue! Be sure to post pics as the blooms open :-)

My regular orange one has a few blooms, but the stem is stunted and the blooms are nestled among the foliage. I kept it in a heated room over winter, but in a cool, drafty spot. I'm thinking it just barely got enough chill to bloom, but not enough to develop properly.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: oscar
beamsville Ontario canada (Zone 6a)
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Feb 18, 2016 7:29 AM CST
There are two sights that I go to the http://www. clivia form { not on all things plants.} The other is Shield gardens. click on clivia.

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