How to Get My Clivia to Bloom?

(Question)

I was given a clivia plant as a gift and I think there’s a technique I’m supposed to use to get it to rebloom but don’t know what it is … help!

 

(Answer)

Yes, clivias prefer what’s known as a “winter rest” before reblooming. Normally, this would take place in late fall.  From November 1st, keep the plant in indirect light in a cool room (10°C is ideal) for 12-14 weeks and don’t water until you see that it is beginning to wilt, when you should add just enough water to moisten the soil lightly.

At the end of the period, bring the plant into a warmer environment (16°C) and begin watering thoroughly only when the top inch of the soil becomes dry to the touch. Clivias do not like wet soil.

Your plant should begin blooming in 6-12 weeks.

Once the blooms are finished, cut off the flower stalks at the base along with any unsightly leaves. Begin fertilizing monthly with 20-20-20 at half strength but do stop fertilizing by mid-September.

Repeat the winter rest cycle beginning November 1.

Note that clivias like to be potbound, so you will see roots pushing above the soil. Don’t worry; they bloom best when the roots are crowded.