How to Care for a Clivia Plant and Get It to Bloom
I have Clivia plants and just finished blooming . I noticed that there’s a lot of white mold on the leaves. How can I get rid of it. Any suggestions?Thank you
It’s probably powdery mildew which happens in warm weather and especially if plants need more air circulation. Always trim plants before they get crowded or bushy. Remove any leaves that show signs of infection. Destroy (do not compost!) infected plant parts. A spray made with baking soda, if applied weekly at the first signs of infection, can protect plants against further damage. If they are white deposits, it’s probably mealy bugs. Wash it off, then apply rubbing alcohol on the plant and rinse in 2 days to kill the eggs.
Finally some helpful tips beyond just the standard cool, dry rest recommended for rebloom. So I learn it can stay in a cool bright space and still rebloom, but adding back a fertilizer is the trick when gradually resuming watering. My pot is so enormous I have struggled to find a warm, bright indoor space that isn't cramped. So will give my now rested clivia it's 1st drink in months and keep it @ 50 degrees in my bright garrett.
Will see if it blooms!
I meant to add that the info Robin gave us is very helpful - my flowers are sometimes too short so I know to try a different fertilizer. And now I know that I can safely leave it in a cold vestibule when it outgrows the window space. And last, but not least, mystery solved as to why I never see a yellow Clivia for sale. $300!!!
Mine is a mere baby at 15 years old. It really is wonderful to have it bloom off and on between December and March, despite little care and sitting near a drafty window. It has produced 6 big offsets which I have to separate this spring; they are so potbound they are living on air. You inspire me to take better care of it, Wendy. I hope yours will carry on many more years for you and your family.
Wow--100 years old! You're blessed to have this plant and you have such an interesting story to tell about it. And to think you need a wheelbarrow to move it; totally impressed!
My Clivia is about 100 years old - really! Maybe older. My husbands parents who have passed on, got it from his grandparents. I got it (they had discarded it in a field) when I was in my thirties and I’m 73 now. It had a setback three years ago when the building it’s kept in had the door blow open during a deep freeze and blowy winter night. The plant was found frozen nearly to the root. It has grown back now and still needs a wheelbarrow to move it.