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Name: Joseph St John
Agawam, Massachusetts (Zone 6a)
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Stjohnj88
May 29, 2017 8:37 AM CST
Hi I recently bought a Clivia Miniata online and it's supposedly around a year old . It came in a box but the leaves look damaged . I had to pot it but it doesn't seem to be getting better . I've enclosed a picture to help , any suggestions?
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
May 29, 2017 9:37 AM CST
Just give them some time. There shocked. No fertilizer. Some well draining soil. No direct sun. Let go fairly dry between warterings. Less water is better than to much. They'll start to wilt some. Thats time to water, and they will perk back up. Thumbs up
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 29, 2017 10:25 AM CST
If you received the Clivia that way, complain to the seller. I would never be silent about a plant I purchased if I was disappointed with what I got.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 29, 2017 1:19 PM CST
Daisy is right! This is one of the hazards of buying online.

The damage you see is physical damage caused by improper handling during shipping. Those damaged leaves will never recover. However, if you choose not to return the plant, new growth should be healthy if you care for it properly going forward. Keep it in a moderately sunny location indoors and allow the top quarter of the soil to dry in between waterings. This is a slow grower so don't expect much new growth. It will have to be quite potbound and will need a dry period in the fall before it will flower. Clivias require considerable patience until they are mature.
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May 29, 2017 2:08 PM CST
On the other hand, clivias are expensive plants to begin with, so don't compare the price with buying other plants. The damage is just physical, as Will says, but you have quite a substantial plant mass to start with. If you didn't pay a lot for it (excluding shipping), I think you got a bargain. Or, if you did, then I agree with Will and Daisy.
Name: Joseph St John
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Stjohnj88
May 29, 2017 4:26 PM CST
It cost me like $20 so that's a bargain . Should I trim the damaged leaves or leave them ? And roughly how long will it take to see changes granted I care for it properly ?
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May 29, 2017 4:29 PM CST
Trimming is an aesthetic issue, not a horticultural issue. Do whatever makes it look better to you. Just make sure you don't damage or cut off the growing tip.
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Name: Joseph St John
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May 29, 2017 4:36 PM CST
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 29, 2017 4:38 PM CST
Cool! Does that wipe off? Maybe they sold you mealybugs too.
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Name: Joseph St John
Agawam, Massachusetts (Zone 6a)
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Stjohnj88
May 29, 2017 4:38 PM CST
There is this white film on it , not sure what that is . Could it be something they sprayed ?
Name: Joseph St John
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Stjohnj88
May 29, 2017 4:41 PM CST
It does wipe off , is it easy to spot mealy bugs ?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 29, 2017 4:55 PM CST
Was it kind of cottony? Look down into the tight spots between the bulb and where the leaves connect. That's usually where you will find them first.
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ctcarol
May 29, 2017 6:23 PM CST
If you wipe it off with your fingers, and it is brown or bloody, it's mealy bugs.
Name: Joseph St John
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Stjohnj88
May 30, 2017 6:46 AM CST
Thank you I'll inspect it when I get home today and see what I find .
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tarev
May 30, 2017 10:06 AM CST
Hello Joseph, I would use an alcohol and liquid soap spray for the plant if those are mealybugs. Also, I would suggest you make the media grittier. Clivia miniata roots are quite thick and really hates staying too wet. No fertilizer at this point. If you have access to more perlite or pumice, add it to your media, to make it as well draining as can be.

Definitely not the best looking specimen, but I see there are new leaves growing at the center, so in time your plant should acclimate and adjust, give it time. If the uglier leaves really bothers your eyes, you can certainly trim it off, new growth will always come from the center. At times it will also make offshoots.

If you are growing it indoors, position it in bright light area, those leaves burn easily with direct sun. I grow my Clivias by our north facing bay window, and they thrive well, and I get my bloomstalks in late winter. I give it cold temp exposure in late Fall where it gets about 35F temps but kept dry during the period. Then I move it back indoors in January.
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Name: Joseph St John
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Stjohnj88
May 30, 2017 11:36 AM CST
The media I use is Espoma AV4 for African violets , but reading now it's not a good media . What's a good draining media ? And how do I change the media without hurting the plant ?
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
May 30, 2017 11:58 AM CST
Joseph. Use equal parts, peat moss, perilite, and vermiculite. Thumbs up
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 30, 2017 1:04 PM CST
Philipwonel said:Joseph. Use equal parts, peat moss, perilite, and vermiculite. Thumbs up
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How can I say this nicely..... NO!!

Loose and fast draining. I have always used terrestrial orchid mix.

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Name: tarev
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tarev
May 30, 2017 1:14 PM CST
I used cacti mix with some compost, lots of pumice, chunky lava rock, clay rocks.

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I add big rocks on top, just to help me gauge further if soil is still wet. If I lift that rock and shows it is wet below it, I delay watering. You can also use bamboo skewers, if it comes out wet, delay watering.
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Name: Joseph St John
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Stjohnj88
May 30, 2017 3:18 PM CST
How exactly do I switch the media though , do I just take some out and then add some new media to it ? Do you recommend a larger pot ?
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