How to Care for Your Clivia

Posted By on Feb 27, 2007 | 9 comments

Clivia Variegata I recently got an email question about caring for new clivia plants. Below I have just quoted the care portion of an article from I hope this answers the question. Gardener Help is the resource I always use. It is a collection of the files and articles that are used by Wayside Gardens call center employees when answer customer service questions.

Pot in a good garden soil with humus (leaf-mold, peat, etc.) added.  A soilless mix such as Park’s Grow Mix is a suitable medium.  Fertilize bi-weekly during the growing period with a fertilizer such as Hyponex or add one of the slow-release fertilizers, such as Mag-Amp, when potting, in as much as this will furnish the necessary nutrients for one growing season.  Re-pot once every 4-5 years and allow the plant to become pot bound.  The resting period is October through January.  Water sparingly during this time without allowing the leaves to wilt, keep at a cool 50 degrees and do not feed.  In January when the growth starts, return to more light, high humidity and 65 degrees.  During the growing season water well, then allow the soil to approach dryness between waterings.  Clivia blooms best when pot bound, in light shade and when it has had cooler (50 degree night-time temperature) winter temperatures.  Do not dry completely during the resting period and do not cut off the foliage as with Amaryllis.  Clivia enjoys a high humidity during the growing period and a syringing of the leaves after flowering has ceased is beneficial.

I hope this has been helpful. For the complete culture file on Clivia : Clivia Article
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John Durst
Wayside Gardens Voice


  1. What does syringing of the leaves mean after the blooms are done.

  2. Syringing is just watering the leaves directly. It is most commonly used on golf courses to keep the delicate greens from wilting on hot dry days. As well as being an effective method for supplemental irrigation, it is sometimes used as organic alternative form of pest and disease control.

  3. What should I do with the “berries” or “hips” which grow where the spent flowers have fallen off my clivias?

    • Plant them or give them to your Garden Club members. They take a while to germinate and require a little patience. Do it outside in Spring time and in a couple mo ths your will have new leaves coming up. Each red ripe seed pod has about three seeds.

  4. My Clivia has a second bloom growing , what do I do about the first blooms stem?

  5. My Clivia has “pups” or off shoots. How are these separated from the parent plant? How should they be treated/planted? Thank you.

    • Simply cut them away from the mother and plant. Probably shouldn’t need any special treatment.

  6. How to care for clivia in Florida must be dormant in winter months?

    • Put it in a sunny window inside the house.

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