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April 9, 2016


Can you please identify this house plant?

 picture of orange clivia



The plant in question is Clivia, one of my favorite with the bright orange flowers.



April 1, 2016

QuestionA friend of mine gave me a Clivia miniata house plant and I have been unsure how to take care of it. Searching the internet I found out that it likes to be on the dry side. By the time I learned this the plant has already lost its blooms so I am afraid that I have killed the plant. Can you tell me anything I can do to revive the plant? I am willing to re-pot if necessary.

AnswerSince orange is one of my most favorite colors, I absolutely adore Clivia.  I could not get mine to rebloom well.  They thrive outdoors in the summer under a shade tree, but need to move inside in the fall.  When you move it inside, it needs to stay on the dry side, or it won’t rebloom.  If anything, I rarely water houseplants, so that wasn’t a factor for me.  Once they have bloom stalks, you can increase the water and it should be fine.  They can bloom from December through April and I have seen some stunning examples.  I doubt you killed the plant, but you may have shortened its bloom period.  Move the plant outside later this month or in May and let it grow.  It tends to bloom better if the roots are slightly pot-bound so I would not repot since you just got it. 




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