Clivia Bloom Cycle: Tips On Getting Clivias To Rebloom
The Clivia Bloom Cycle is a natural phenomenon that occurs when there are no predators around. When there are no predators around, the temperature rises and the light intensity increases. These changes cause all living things to grow faster than they normally would, resulting in flowers appearing on the surface of the soil or in other places where sunlight does not reach. The cycle repeats itself until it reaches its maximum speed again.
When the cycle begins, you will notice that your clivia plants begin to change color from green to yellow, then orange and finally red. You may see some of them beginning to wilt and die before they have even had time to bloom!
Here’s what happens next…
What Happens Next?
As soon as the cycle starts, you must act quickly if you want your clivia to re-bloom. If you wait too long, the cycle will continue indefinitely and eventually your clivia will stop growing altogether. Your only option is to take action now!
If you don’t act fast enough, the cycle will end with no signs of life at all.
What should you do next?
When the cycle begins, immediately transfer some of your clivias into a separate container. Do not put them in direct sunlight or leave them in the heat for too long. Instead, put them somewhere dark and cool. Make sure you keep them watered well during this process. This will force the plant to enter a state of dormancy. It may take a few days before you see any signs of life from them again.
When signs of life return (such as new leaves appearing), move your clivia back to its original container. If it hasn’t flowered during this process, place it back in direct sunlight again and wait for the cycle to begin again. When it begins, move it back into the dark and cool environment to force dormancy again. Keep repeating this process for a few months until you see it has flowered again.
Most growers do not wait until the cycle begins naturally. Instead, they force the cycle to begin when it is convenient for them (such as in the winter months). This is perfectly fine as long as you follow the steps listed above.
When your clivia begins its new life cycle, you will find that it flowers more frequently and grows faster than ever before! Keep these tips in mind when growing clivias and you’ll be able to enjoy these exotic plants for many years to come.
When growing Clivia, it’s important to make sure you’re providing it with the right environment. If you don’t provide it with the right environment, it will not grow or may even die. In this article we look at what you need to do to provide the best possible environment for your Clivia plant.
What Is The Best Environment For My Clivia?
Clivias are a type of plant that originates from South Africa. They typically grow in the wild on rocky hillsides in very dry soil. The soil that they like best is a loam soil that is on the sandy side. They do not tolerate standing water at all and actually will not grow at all in waterlogged soil.
Clivias typically like it where the temperature stays around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. However, they can tolerate temperature as low as 65 degrees. It is best to keep them outdoors where they will receive natural sunlight. If you must keep them inside, then place them by a window that faces the south.
The more sunlight they receive, the more flowers they will produce.
Clivias typically grow best when the soil around them is dry. They may die if the soil is too wet for too long. This means you should water them deeply but infrequently. Watering them every two to three weeks should be sufficient.
Also, make sure that the pot has a hole in the bottom to allow excess water to drain out. After watering them, wait a day before you repot them to let the roots adjust.
Clivias typically grow in sandy soil that has little nutrients. Therefore, it needs extra fertilizer. You can use either a water soluble fertilizer or a fertilizer pellet that is made for African violets. Follow the instructions on the package for how much to use.
Clivias like indirect sunlight and need to be kept out of drafts. Because they don’t like cold drafts, you should also protect them from cold outdoor weather. If a freeze is expected, then you should bring them inside or at least bring them inside during the night.
When growing Clivia , it’s important to make sure the temperature is not too hot as well as not too cold. Clivias originated in South Africa where the climate is fairly warm. They can not tolerate freezing temperatures and will die if exposed to them. If you live in a colder climate, you will either need to keep your Clivia inside or make sure to protect it from the cold.
You will also need to make sure that it receives plenty of sunlight as well.
I have a clivia plant growing in my class and I’m supposed to take care of it.
Can you tell me anything else I need to know about growing it?
It seems like you are already doing a good job at taking care of it. The golden rule for growing plants is to provide it with light, water and nutrients. You have provided it with light and water. The nutrients it gets from the soil that you have planted it in.
You could also provide it with extra nutrients by adding either plant food or bone meal around the roots of the clivia plant.
How often you should do this is not entirely certain. It would be better to give it a little bit too much rather than too little.
Never transplant your clivia into a larger pot. It is okay to keep it in the same pot it has always been in. If you do so, then you will need to add more nutrients around the clivia’s roots. Follow the directions on the package for how much to add.
As far as sunlight goes, clivias enjoy plenty of sunlight. If you can see your plant beginning to turn a pale color (probably yellow) then it is getting enough sunlight. However, it can withstand less sunlight if kept well watered.
What types of clivias should I look out for? Are all clivias hardy? What do I look out for in a potential mate for my clivia?
Cultivars (or cultivar for singular) of clivia can be recognized by their unique color and patterns on their leaves. Just like humans, no two clivia are alike. Some are more rare than others and some just better looking than others.
Most clivia plants are hardy as long as they are properly taken care of (given enough light, nutrients and water). However, just like humans, some clivia are hardier than others. Check around to see which cultivars are the hardiest.
Most species of clivia plants can be crossbred with one another. The offspring won’t look exactly like the parents but it will have traits from both parents. The only exception is C. nobilis(= C.
macranthos). C. nobilis is a monotypic species which means that it cannot be crossbred with another species.
I have limited space, so I can only choose one clivia plant to take care of.
Which one is the best and will provide the most enjoyment?
If you are asking about which clivia provides the most enjoyment, then the answer is simple. Take a look at them all and pick whichever one appeals to you the most.
From a practical standpoint, C. cv ‘Splendens’ is the best clivia to have. It is fairly hardy, easy to grow and can tolerate less light than other clivia plants. It also has very colorful flowers that can range in color from red, orange, yellow, pink, and purple.
Most likely, you will be able to find this cultivar at your local garden center or home improvement store.
My clivia’s flowers have turned brown and withered.
Is it dead?
No, it is just resting. Clivia plants usually grow their flowers during the spring and summer and then rest during the fall and winter. This is a natural process for all living things. You can tell if your clivia is about to bloom by looking at its leaves. If they are arranged in a circular fashion, then your clivia is ready to bloom. Soon it will grow several large flowers and then the foliage will turn yellow or brown and begin to wither. This is completely natural and your clivia will begin growing its leaves again the following year.
My clivia has a long flower spike that has just begun to emerge. The spike seems red and bumpy.
Is this normal?
No, this is not normal. It is very normal for a clivia flower spike to emerge red and bumpy. This is how the flower spike protects itself from insect predators who wish to eat it. However, your clivia flower spike should turn green within a few days and then bloom.
If the flower spike remains red and bumpy for more than a week, then you probably didn’t provide enough light to your plant. Your clivia requires a lot of light in order to bloom properly. Move it closer to a window or buy a florescent light bulb and place it nearby so your clivia can get the light it needs.
I have read that I should repot my clivia.
How do I do this?
In order to ensure that your clivia grows healthy and strong, you should repot it once a year. This means that you should remove it from its current container and plant it in a new one. You want to pick a container that has good drainage. Do not use a clay pot as these retain too much water. A wooden container or plastic container would be best.
When you pick a new container, make sure that it has multiple holes in the bottom for water to drain out of. You also want the container to have several holes in the top for oxygen to get into the new soil that you will place in it.
You want the container to be at least two or three inches wider than the current container that your clivia is in. If it is larger, then that is fine too.
Pick out a good quality commercial potting soil. You can use your old soil as long as it is not caked dry earth. You want soil that has a lot of humus in it. Do not use garden soil as this can contain bugs and diseases that can harm your clivia.
Have some fertilizer at the bottom of the container. This will help feed your clivia after you repot it.
Take your clivia out of its current container and then remove the old soil. You will see several long fibrous roots that coming out of the bottom of your plant. These are called rhizomes. Each of these has little clumps of roots coming off of them.
These are the beginnings of new clivia plants and you want to make sure that they stay intact when you repot your original clivia. Gently scoop them up and place them in the new container around the edge. Do not put them in the center as this will only weigh down your plant and prevent it from getting the air that it needs.
Add more soil to the container until it is slightly higher than the rim. Press the soil down around the rhizomes to ensure good contact. Add more soil until the container is three quarters full. Now take your fingers and make little dips in the soil for drainage.
Make sure that all of the rhizomes are still exposed, but not sticking out of the soil.
Add water to the soil but do not make it into a mud pit. Remember, there are roots that need oxygen in that soil, not water. Finally, add more soil until the container is full. Press the soil down around the edges to make it even and add a bit more soil on top to give it that finished look.
Place your newly repotted clivia in a location with bright light but not direct sun. Continue to water it and fertilize it as you did before.
Within a few weeks you should begin to see new green growth starting on your plant. This is a good sign that your plant has taken and is ready to bloom again in a few months.
I have some clivia plants for which I do not know the name of.
Can you help me with these?
It is not uncommon for people to acquire clivia plants from various sources and not know the name of the plant or even the genus. These unknown plants are usually acquired from box stores, garage sales, or other places where the origin of the plant is unknown.
If you do not know the name of your plant, it’s because you got a sick plant and over time it has either outgrown its troubles or slowly died. This does not mean that it won’t bloom for you though.
I’ll go through each scenario and tell you what you can do to help the plant.
The plant has leaves with spots on them:
This could be a sign of insect damage or disease. The spots do not have to be dead center in the middle of the leaf either. The edges of the leaf can be spotty too.
The first thing you should do is check the soil (if there is any) for tiny insects. You might need a magnifying glass but they should be visible without it. They look like little black dots running all over the soil.
If you see these then you have caught it early and you can save your clivia. To do this, just get some rubbing alcohol, denatured alcohol, or hand sanitizer and rub it on your clivia. This will kill off the tiny bugs that are eating it.
Next, repot the clivia in good soil and make sure to keep it watered and fertilized. If you catch it early enough, it will most likely outgrow its troubles and bounce back nicely.
The plant has yellowed leaves with brown spots on them:
This could mean one of two things…overwatering or under watering.
If you have been constantly keeping the soil wet then the roots are probably rotting. This means you need to get some fungicide, thripkiller, aphicide, and a miticide. Thoroughly spray your plant and its surroundings with all of these and then put the clivia in a sunny location where it can dry out.
If you have been under watering your plant, then you should stop doing that immediately. Water the plant and put it in a sunny location. The leaves should green up within a couple of weeks.
The plant is dying or already dead:
If your clivia is still looking really bad and the leaves are falling off, then you need to take some drastic measures or throw the plant away.
The drastic measure is: repot the clivia in new soil, heavily fertilize it, give it a good watering, and put it in a sunny location. Do this for a couple of months and you might start seeing some new leaves sprouting.
If you don’t want to go through all that then just throw it away. It’s not worth it if the plant is going to die anyway.
I have followed your advice and my clivia still isn’t doing well, what now?
It sucks I know but sometimes plants just don’t make it no matter what you do. Sometimes they are riddled with disease or damaging insects. Sometimes they just dry out and rot from the inside out. And sometimes the damage is too extensive for them to ever come back.
If this has happened to you, I’m sorry.
But, you can still try again! Check out the Planting Clivias! guide for tips on how to make your next clivia experience a good one!
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