Return to the Clivia Forum | Post a Follow-Up

dividing and repotting

Posted by marric Z5a Ontario (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 6, 08 at 11:14

A few years ago I received 5 pots of clivias as a gift. They were in large,6-8", clay pots. Each pot now has 2-3 'pups' with the parent plant. Time to divide? The large roots are now on top of the soil. I was told by the lady not to divide them until they were very pot bound. Is that true? I plan on using clay pots or would plastic be better this time? About the roots on top of the soil, should they be buried or are they supposed to be like that? I haven't really done much houseplant gardening except for African Violets so please excuse all the biginner questions. Marg

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: dividing and repotting

Hi Marg,
It sounds like you've done very well with your gift Clivias. You don't need to separate the pups, unless you want more pots or to gift them to someone else. As for repotting, they tolerate being rootbound, but they also appreciate having the soil in which to obtain nutrients. Either pot works fine. I usually bury the plant to a point a couple cm above the highest root origin. Some roots may come out on the surface and that is fine, but the roots don't absorb nutrients form the air. Hopefully this helps.

Take care,
Sacramento, CA

RE: dividing and repotting

  • Posted by marric Z5a Ontario (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 11, 08 at 20:52

Thanks Craig. I was planning to repot this weekend. I have some larger plastic pots here but I thought the clivias would get to wet in them. They are now in large clay pots. Maybe I'll just repot in the same pots and just freshen the soil. They have been in the same potting soil since I got them. Do you think that would be okay? Marg

RE: dividing and repotting

Hi Marg,

Freshening the soil should be fine. They really can take some abuse, especially if they are mature. Good luck.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Clivia Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here