How to look after your Clivia - tips and tricks

How to look after your Clivia - tips and tricks

Plant the clivia

Plant an adult Clivia in normal potting soil. If you want to grow a young plant from a Kindel, put it in a mixture of peat and sand. The best time to do this is shortly after flowering. The Clivia should be repotted about every three to four years.

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The right location for the Clivia

The Clivia needs a lot of light, but it cannot tolerate direct sunlight. Therefore, it should not stand on a south-facing window. Make sure that you do not move your Clivia or position it differently when watering flowers or cleaning windows. As a result, the plant may not flower. It is best to mark the flower pot so that you always know which side should face the light.

Unfortunately, the Clivia is one of the poisonous houseplants, so it should not be in a household with small children or pets, or at least be given a safe place out of their reach.

Water and fertilize the Clivia properly

In summer the Clivia would like to be watered abundantly. The root ball should always be slightly damp without causing waterlogging. In winter, on the other hand, water very sparingly, just so that the plant does not dry out.

During the growth and flowering period, the Clivia needs additional nutrients. Fertilize the plant weekly or every two weeks with a commercially available liquid fertilizer or use a long-term fertilizer according to the package instructions.

The Clivia in winter

From around October it is time for a hibernation. The Clivia now needs less water and no fertilizer. The temperature should be reduced to around 10 ° C to 12 ° C for at least two months. The cool time can also be longer. Without this hibernation, it is difficult to get the clivia to flower. Be sure to give it a bright winter quarters, the Clivia needs a lot of light even in winter.

The essentials in brief:

  • needs a lot of light, otherwise no bloom
  • does not tolerate direct sun
  • becomes about 30 to 70 cm tall
  • Flowering period: February to May or June
  • no change of location during flowering
  • Water abundantly in summer, little in winter
  • Avoid waterlogging
  • Fertilize about every 1 to 2 weeks
  • at least 2 months of rest at around 10 ° C to 12 ° C
  • Repot about every 3 to 4 years
  • toxic


As a poisonous houseplant, the Clivia does not belong in households with children and / or pets, at least not within their reach.