Clivia

Clivia spp.

Kaffir-Lily

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Clivia are popular garden and pot plants because of the ease of growing them, and the incredible flowers that they usually produce in spring. They are the easiest way to brighten up shady areas of your garden and are classed among the most desirable of all connoisseur plants, offering not only spectacular flowers, but also interesting variations in both leaf variegation and plant form. Clivias are extremely rewarding plants and they bloom reliably at home. They have lovely, arching symmetrical leaves and are attractive even when they are not blooming. They just need a little special attention at certain times of the year and are worth the effort because they bring a cheery brightness to your living space. All parts may cause a stomach upset if eaten by humans and pets.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

Pick the fruit as soon as it starts to change colour or when it turns soft. Open it carefully and remove all the soft pulp as well as the loose fitting membranes that keep the Clivia seeds together. But do not eat!

Propagation

Seed

Remove the pulp surrounding the pearly white seeds and plant in a tray. Press the seeds gently into the mix, just level with the soil surface. Seeds will germinate within 4 - 6 weeks. Replant after a year or two to individual pots.

Suckers

Leave suckers for at least two years on the mother plant to make sure they are strong. Cut with a sharp knife and carefully untangle the roots. The best time to do this is when the plant has finished blooming.

Special features

Pot plant

Be careful not to over-water - add sand to your potting mix if you have a heavy hand with watering.

Attracts useful insects

Bees, butterflies and other insects

Indoor plant

They thrive in a pot indoors with a good supply of natural light but not direct sunlight

Attractive flowers

Flowers range in colour from rich orange, deep red, yellow, peach and a range of pastels.

Drought resistant

Regard your clivias as succulents - do not over water.

Special features

Origin

Indigenous and endemic to South Africa

Natural climate

Subtropical forests

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Chalk, Clay

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Medicinal

Clivias are used in traditional medicine.

Personality

Family

Amaryllidaceae

Flower colour

Multicoloured, Orange, Yellow, Red

Scent

Mild

Problems

Pests and diseases include scale insects, mealy bug, and rot. Amaryllis worm, slugs and snails and snout beetles​ can damage leaves.

Related Problems

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