Care of young clivia

elizabethk1February 5, 2014

I recently purchased a Clivia Good Hope in a 4" pot and I am wondering how to care for it. The only clivias I have owned were mature plants. Does this little guy require a dry spell during the winter? I am not even sure of how often to water and fertilize. My experience with clivias was that they are shade plants. Very few in care instructions came with the plant, but it did say that the plant required 4 hours of sun. Any help appreciated.

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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

I have had the best results growing young clivias warm and moist, well fertilized, in containers, with good light (not full sun) year around. I use a fast draining mix (5-1-1 described in the container forum) and fertilize at half strength with every watering. I grow them under lights in the winter. I do this until they have at least 12-14 leaves and are mature enough to bloom. About half of the last batch of seeds I treated this way bloomed at about 30 months old without ever having a cold treatment. Once they get to that stage, I treat them as adults by allowing them to dry out more and go through a cool spell in fall.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2014 at 11:30AM
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Ohiofem - thank you so much. Your instructions will be easy for me to follow. I appreciate it. Do you think bottom heat is appropriate? I have some other young plants on a heating pad. Thanks again, Liz

    Bookmark   February 14, 2014 at 10:23AM
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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

I use bottom heat to get the seeds to sprout, but I don't think you should use it on young plants. I would keep the growing area between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. In my opinion, bottom heat is not needed by any plants once they have sprouted.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2014 at 12:14PM
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