Pruning Kaffir Lily - Knowledgebase Question

Hayward, CA
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Question by shermi
September 13, 2002
After one bloom my Kaffir Lily has not bloomed. No instructions with the plant. Do you cut the bulbs off once it has bloomed for another bloom or do you not?

Thank you.

Answer from NGA
September 13, 2002
Clivia miniata is the Kaffir Lily. Treat it as you would an Amaryllis and it should rebloom for you. After the plant has finished blooming, cut down the flowering stalk and allow the foliage to wither away on it's own. As the foliage begins to yellow, stop watering. Keep the plant cool and don't water. After the bulb has rested sufficiently it will send up new sprouts. As soon as it does, water regularly. It will repeat the process of blooming and resting. The plants like to be pot-bound so don't rush to re-pot. When necessary carefully divide your plant or propagate using any offsets produced.

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