short flower stem

littlem_2007January 6, 2009

hello, all, hope you had good holiday season and happy new year. the clivia i was given a couple of years ago finally decided to flower however the flower buds are between the leaves. in november i had brought it into the sunroom where the temp is between 50F and 60F. i had placed it on the north east window and keep it dry - i think i gave it half a cup of water twice until i saw the flowers and i gave it some more. i read some of the old posts and i have moved it to a lower light area of the sunroom. should i still keep it on the dry side? i would like to get the stem to elongate. the flowers are still in bud - not open yet. thanks for your help.


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Hi Sue,

Lower light and colder temps can help. The the stalk should elongate, at least a bit. It can take a month between when you first see a bud in the crown until it fully opens. The warmer the temps and the brighter the light cause the flower to open quicker. Since it is only Jan., and still an "off season bloom," anything can happen. The more you can hold off an open bloom, the better your chance of getting the flowers at least out of the crown.

Good luck,

    Bookmark   January 13, 2009 at 12:40PM
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Ditto Craig....
That always worked for me...Thanks

    Bookmark   January 13, 2009 at 6:15PM
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hello, Craig and Mike, thanks. i will try that and see how it does.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2009 at 7:28PM
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hello, Craig and Mike, just to let you know: followed your advice and the flower stem grew about 3 inches. thanks so much for your help.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2009 at 1:01PM
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    Bookmark   February 27, 2009 at 8:47AM
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