Houseplants forum: Help with potting up Clivia pups (pic)

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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Nov 11, 2016 4:02 PM CST
I just received some great clivia pups from a great lady here. Thank you MK!
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The bowl is about 4 inches tall and wide for perspective purposes.
The beautiful healthy roots are 3 and 4 inches beneath foliage that is about a foot high. They are HUGE with four leaves. Exquisite.

I got some great info on care with the plants I so appreciate. But I like to see the houseplant forum busy, so it would be fun to read what your recommendations are for pot size and type, soil, light, water intake, etc. I won't be forcing a dormant period for a year or so. I will pot it up today, hopefully after some advice from you guys.


Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 11, 2016 9:29 PM CST
Hello Laurie! Lovely new pups you got there!

I potted mine before like I was potting up a succulent plant. But I did use some regular potting soil, but I really added a lot of pumice, small lava rock and other stuff I use here for my succulents like kanuma and akadama, which I often add whenever I have them on hand. I also added some compost. I remember when I was repotting it, observing how fat like noodles those roots are, which makes sense why they kept saying on most articles I have read to make the media as well draining as possible. I top dressed it with chunky lava rock.

My plants are normally positioned by our north side bay windows, it hates direct sunlight. I got mine like yours around this Fall period and I had it exposed to cold temps and brought it in by January. I was lucky enough to get a bloomstalk a week after.

Since you said you do not intend to put it in dormancy, just put by your north window, and be careful with watering. Water once after your repot and leave it alone, especially it is getting into the cold months. Got to wait for the media to be dry.

Are those pups separated? One container with good drainage holes for each pup, clivia grows quite big and adds on leaves. It is slow growing and I have also grown it in total darkness last winter in our garage. Did not bother it at all, as long as kept dry while temps are cold. Needs to have more leaves to be able to make blooms. It needs to undergo that dry cold stress period to encourage it to bloom.

I would suggest you treat this plant like you are growing a cold loving succulent. Less to no water during the cold months and good watering intervals during the warm period. I really enjoy clivia, so drought tolerant, and does not make me worry if I forget to water.

Good luck!

Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
Houseplants Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Orchids Tropicals Region: Mexico
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lauriebasler
Nov 12, 2016 9:51 AM CST
Thank you so very much Tarev. I must have been channeling you as I planted these up, because I put them in soil you describe, watered well, and set aside to kind of forget. I have an new scenecio I am determined not to water much too, so they are sort of on the same list when it comes to my watering chores.

I have read they won't bloom until they have approx 14 leaves, so if you had a pup bloom, that is great to know.

Thank you for sharing such great info, Happy growing.

Laurie B
Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 12, 2016 1:10 PM CST
Hi Laurie, the clivia I got then was not a pup, definitely matured, but it was also a surprise for me to have it bloom the following January. Right now it is in my growcamp outdoors, just trying to have it feel the cold temps it needs.

In the Bulb forum, there is a thread there about clivias. You may also want to read it, that is where I posted before and asked about growing it, lots of good info. Smiling
Name: Gita Veskimets
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gitagal
Nov 12, 2016 5:51 PM CST
I have been growing/and dividing/ and re-potting my Clivias for a few years now. I have 2 varieties. Not going to post a lot here--as everyone already has posted that which is important.
The saying-- "Ignorance is bliss" applies very well to Clivias. Less is more....

Will show you a picture of one of mine. Love this variety--the one with the rounded tips on the leaves. The other one has pointed tips--and is fairly "BLAH"...


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Name: Deborah
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Deebie
Nov 12, 2016 9:26 PM CST
Lovely specimen, Gita. Lovey dubby
Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
Houseplants Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Orchids Tropicals Region: Mexico
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lauriebasler
Nov 13, 2016 1:44 AM CST
Wow, @gitagal, those are so pretty. Thank you.
Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
Houseplants Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Orchids Tropicals Region: Mexico
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lauriebasler
Nov 13, 2016 1:46 AM CST
Wow, @gitagal, those are so pretty. Thank you.

Going to check out the bulb forum, as well. Thank you @tarev.

I have wanted this plant so long, I want to read everything. Thanks,

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