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Name: Veronika
Slovakia (Zone 6a)
veronika33
Feb 29, 2016 7:37 AM CST
Hello, can anyone help to identify what's wrong with my plant and what to do to save my plant? I think it might be fungus, but I'm not sure and don't know what to do next.

Here are the pics as they describes the problem the best. Thank you.

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sallyg
Feb 29, 2016 8:47 AM CST
it doesn't look especially sick to me, but I'm no Clivia expert. Winter is a dormant time, although one of mine is blooming so maybe it's the end of the dormant period. . I keep mine cool and dry. I don't see any brown streaks in mine. So you could have something going on.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Feb 29, 2016 12:29 PM CST
My clivia get those. I chaulk themup as leaf bumps and bruises when they get tossed around in the wind, bent, or other movement. It's hard to keep the leaves perfect especially when outdoors.
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Name: Veronika
Slovakia (Zone 6a)
veronika33
Feb 29, 2016 1:01 PM CST
Hello, thanks for the advices but I think this isn't the result of any movement as my Clivia is inside for a few months now and at the place where no one can hurt the leaves. I also don't water it too much and never water it inbetween the leaves (not sure how is it called in English). That black marks are on new leaves only and those leaves are unusually pale green. Thus I think there's something wrong. Not sure if I should remove those leaves (in case it's some type of fungus).

Sallyg... Great and your Clivia is blooming. It's always nice to have flowers in winter 😊. Mine blomed every 6 months until I started to have problems with the soil and little white bugs in it, then fungus in the soil aand now this 😓.
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woofie
Feb 29, 2016 2:37 PM CST
With the new leaves being so pale, could it be some sort of mineral deficiency? I know nothing about Clivia, so that's just a random thought.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 29, 2016 7:30 PM CST
The pale leaves are more likely the result of low light, from winter and being indoors. You might be keeping it a bit too warm, maybe? Mine is happy outdoors and our nights have been going down into the 40deg.F (@ 4deg.C) range lately. Warmth would keep it growing but low light plus warmth would make the foliage pale like that. They need a little bit of a dormant period in winter. I would not worry, and certainly don't remove that nice big leaf unless it turns completely brown.

Those brown marks don't look like fungus to me either, but do keep your eye on them, and if they continue to go up the leaf, you could try sprinkling a little bit of cinnamon powder on the area. It is a mild fungicide and bactericide. Bugs don't like it much either.

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sallyg
Mar 1, 2016 6:36 AM CST
I replied here to watch and learn, as much as to add. Thanks to the others for more good information :)
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 1, 2016 8:45 AM CST
I'd like to add one more tip, since it seems to have given my plants a big boost last year - Once our weather starts to warm up, which will be all too soon, I've been fertilizing my Clivia with alfalfa pellets (horse food). I'd highly recommend this as a great soil amendment with some nitrogen that releases very slowly to nourish the plant. If you have a big garden, it's worth it to buy a whole big, 50lb. bag at the feed store, but if you just have a few house plants, you can get a small bag of the same thing at pet stores. It is also sold as rabbit food.

Since we don't re-pot Clivia until it is super-crowded in the pot, amending the soil is a great idea to refresh the soil microbes and add good texture (cellulose fiber) to the potting mix. Otherwise potting soil gets very tired and almost inert as the organic material in it gets broken down or used up by the plant.

Later, towards summer when it really heats up I do add a little bit of time-release fertilizer as well but the alfalfa really gives the plant a nice boost first thing in the spring. I would think it will green up that pale leaf for Veronika in a jiffy.
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sallyg
Mar 2, 2016 6:32 AM CST
thanks, Elaine!
My Clivia, and many others, are in a potting mix amended with a lot of fine bark chip (Kambark) for better drainage
I am adding some weak blue crystals Vigoro fertilizer to my water now, since spring looks so imminent.
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 2, 2016 8:47 AM CST
That's probably great too, Sally. But I would be careful of soluble fertilizers on Clivia just because they are so slow growing, even in the warm weather.

Mine goes out into the garden under a tree once it warms up, and it needs a constant weak supply of fert, but I forget about it when it's not right in front of me. So the slow-release pellets work better for me. Plus the soil amendment helps the plant to hold a little more fertilizer around it, when we have our heavy rain storms in the summer.
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Name: Veronika
Slovakia (Zone 6a)
veronika33
Mar 3, 2016 9:11 AM CST
Thanks a lot Elaine! Smiling
You gave us many good tips. It's possible that the leaves aren't nice dark green because of the winter. I have it inside for a few months now, don't water it too much and don't remember when I fertilized it the last time. I'll try it with the horse/rabit food when it's a bit warmer and days longer. We have around 0°C during the nights and really rainy these days.

I'll watch that brown part in between the leaves and really hope it's nothing serious.... I'd love to have some peace with my Clivia now as it overcome too many troubles for one plant Smiling (in my opinion). Blinking ... first couldn't get rid of small white bugs in the soil, then the leaves had brown spots and started to get brown, then some yellow mushroom started to grow in the soil :biggrin:.

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bonitin
Mar 3, 2016 9:54 AM CST
Welcome! Veronika
I don't know much about Clivias but I see the others have already giving you very useful tips.
What I wanted to say is that you might reconsider the climate zone in your info box which says zone 9b which is almost tropical! You could just plant your Clivia outside.
I think zone 6 would be more appropriate for Slovakia.. Smiling
the climate is relatively continental with almost no extremes below minimal -20°C (-4°F) or above maximal +37°C (+99°F).

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Name: Veronika
Slovakia (Zone 6a)
veronika33
Mar 3, 2016 1:57 PM CST
Good point,Myriam. Thanks. Not sure why I chose zone 9.based on the maps, Slovakia really is in zone 6, but considering the trend of mild winters, and hot summers, it'd belong to zone 8 :D.
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bonitin
Mar 3, 2016 2:01 PM CST
That's also a good point Veronika, the last winters over here also would put me in a higher zone! Hilarious!
Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 3, 2016 2:34 PM CST
Hi Veronika! I get similar brownish marks on my clivia leaves, but not at the crown/middle part..just on the outermost leaves touching the soil. I just leave mine alone, it does not hurt the plant. I also grow my plants indoors. Give it time, and continue to observe. If it does not seem to spread then maybe it is already healing itself.

If you think it is still spreading, then maybe it is time to visit the roots and check its conditions, maybe see if you can make your media a bit more grittier to help dry out the root area faster.
Name: Veronika
Slovakia (Zone 6a)
veronika33
Mar 18, 2016 1:47 PM CST
Hello, so here is an update after several weeks since I noticed the brown marks. Today I checked the leaves and the small one in the middle stayed in my hand 😢.
I'm sure I did't overwater the plant and tomorrow I'll check the roots and probably change the soil.

Here is that new leaf:
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tarev
Mar 18, 2016 5:53 PM CST
Sorry to see that Veronika..I would do the same, check the condition of the roots, change the soil..make it really grittier, hold back watering, and observe a little more.
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sallyg
Mar 18, 2016 7:50 PM CST
oh my!
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