it's blooming ---what now?

marricgardensJanuary 15, 2013

I have given my clivias the required cold period but hardly ever had blooms. Last year I lost my cold space and turned it into a sewing room. My clivias stayed in the coldest part of the house, about 17C, and one flowered in August. I have since moved some into my office, the same temp., and one is flowering right now. It is in a window but never gets direct sunlight because of the roof overhang. I did stop fertilizing at the end of July so I don't know what triggered it to flower. Should I still withhold the fertilizer or start fertilizing? I thought they needed the cold period to trigger flowering. Marg

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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

I think you should fertilize now. Clivias are like their distant cousins, amaryllis (hippeastrum), and form their flowers 4-6 months before they emerge. I grow my clivias in a fast draining mix and fertilize year round. Use a fertilizer with a 3-1-2 NPK ratio with all trace elements if you can. Some clivias bloom every year without a cold and/or dry spell while others demand it. That is a genetic trait in my experience. But all clivias need fertilizing to bloom.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 6:08PM
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Thanks for the advice. Marg

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 8:32AM
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