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Clivia Miniata

Posted by marric Z5a Ontario (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 20, 12 at 14:43

I have had my clivia now for about 20 years. I have never had a flower stalk come up out of the lower part of the leaves. I have given them the required cold period, fertilized when they were brought back in but they have never flowered much. My question is this, do clivias send up the flower stalk first or do they start to flower and then send up the stalk? I know its a silly question but that's what mine does. This year the stalk is the tallest it's ever been. Marg
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RE: Clivia Miniata

Beautiful!


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RE: Clivia Miniata

Clivias are cousins to hippeastrums (amaryllis). The buds form deep in the heart of the plant four to six months before they emerge. If conditions are favorable, the stalk will rise from between the leaves before the buds open. It is not unusual for the stalk to stay short the first time a clivia blooms. Things that can encourage the stalk to lengthen are using a fertilizer that has a higher ratio of potassium than phosphorous or nitrogen year around; a 6-8 week cold & dry spell in the fall; bright light and adequate watering in summer and when breaking dormancy in late winter; and a good genetic heritage. You can't do much about the last factor (except discarding the duds), but you can work on the others.


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