Clivia: The Lily Of St. Joseph


Clivia is a beautiful indoor flowering plant.

It makes the happiness of our houses and apartments thanks to its great decorative power and its unique flowers.

In summary, what you need to know:

Name: Clivia
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Type: Houseplant

0.4 to 0.6 m indoors
Exposure: Bright or half-shade
Ground: mold

: Persistent
Flowering: spring

Planting and repotting the clivia:

The clivia is a plant that we does not move easily. He likes to be cramped and does not support repeated repotting.

You will only repot your clivia every 2 to 3 years and preferably in the spring.
Repot your clivia in a pot of a diameter very slightly higher than the old one.

  • The roots of clivia do not like not the excess of water.
    Make sure that the pot is always pierced at the bottom.
    Improve drainage by putting a bed of gravel or clay balls to facilitate the flow of water.
  • A good breeding ground is necessary.
    The clivia, when living indoors, needs potting soil as it alone will provide the nutrients it needs.

Size and maintenance of clivia:

Delete the wilted flowers as and when cutting the flower stalk at the base.

Delete also leaves that turn yellow.

Where to install the clivia?

The best place to install your clivia is near a window which lets the light through but without direct sun during the hottest hours.

  • He fears indeed the excess of sun that dry the plant.
    For improve floweringyou can still offer a little sun in the morning or evening.
  • Avoid the proximity of a heat source such as a radiator as this plant needs moisture.
    The ideal temperature is around 20°.

Clivia watering:

Watering regular but moderate is necessary.
Throughout the year and especially in the summer, fog the foliage to recreate the moisture of its natural environment.

In spring and summer:

Keep the soil moist and make sure that the water flows properly.

Bring someliquid fertilizer for flowering plants every 8 to 15 days approximately during the growing season

  • Spray the foliage regularly with water, preferably non-calcareous.

In autumn and winter:

Reduce watering so that the soil is dry on the surface between 2 waterings.

  • Stop adding fertilizer as early as the fall.

Frequent diseases of clivia:

We find mainly the common diseases of indoor plants and especially the cochineal.

But also,

  • If the leaves dry and turn brownit is an excess of sun.
  • If the leaves bleach and the flowers are small, make a more regular fertilizer intake.
  • If the clivia does not bloom it is without doubt that it needs more freshness.
  • If the plant rot at the baseLimit watering to a minimum, ie when the soil is dry.

To know about the clivia:


Wonderful indoor plant, clivia is nevertheless very toxic and must be handled with gloves to avoid any risk of intoxication.

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Video: How to Care for a Clivia Plant.

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