Clivia: The Beautiful and Resilient Houseplant with Vibrant Blooms


Clivia, also known as the fire lily, is a plant that always captures attention with its vibrant and long-lasting flowers. While it may initially seem like a problem-free plant, caring for Clivia requires some attention and proper repotting.

When caring for Clivia, it’s important to grow it by a window where it can receive enough sunlight. The leaves of Clivia are thick and grow above the plant, which allows it to absorb sunlight better. This plant has a similar care routine to other broadleaf plants, such as the tips and solutions provided by UF/IFAS, the horticulture extension of the University of Florida.

If you’re looking to add Clivias to your collection, you can buy them from a reliable gardener. When choosing a Clivia, make sure to examine the roots and look for healthy tips. This will ensure that you have a plant that will grow and bloom for years to come.

When it comes to caring for Clivias, another important tip is to avoid overwatering. Clivias have thick roots that store water, so they don’t need frequent watering. In fact, overwatering can cause the roots to rot. Clivias are drought-tolerant and can tolerate some dry conditions, but they should still receive regular watering.

Propagation of Clivias can be done through division, where the plant is separated into two or more smaller plants. This can be done in early spring or fall, when the plant is not actively growing. Clivias can also be propagated by collecting seeds from the fruits that appear after flowering. However, this method takes longer and requires more patience.

To provide the best care for your Clivia, it’s important to place it in well-draining soilless mix. This will prevent the roots from sitting in water and potentially rotting. Additionally, Clivias can be placed outdoors in shaded areas during the summer months, as long as they are protected from scorching sunlight.

With the right care and attention, Clivias can be a stunning addition to any garden. Their long-lasting blooms and adaptable nature make them a favorite among gardeners in southern regions where they can be planted and cared for. Whether indoors or outdoors, Clivias are sure to brighten up any space and bring joy to the gardener.


Clivia is a thick-stemmed plant that gradually grows offshoots from its base. It is native to South Africa and is known for its beautiful orange or red flowers. Clivia can grow up to five feet tall and prefers to be kept in a shaded area.

Clivia needs to be cared for properly in order to thrive. It should be planted in well-draining soil that contains organic matter. Overwatering can be a problem, so it is important to let the soil dry out between waterings. Clivia also needs plenty of sunlight, but it should be shaded from direct afternoon sun.

When caring for a clivia plant, it is important to know how to solve common problems. If the plant is not blooming, it may be because it is not receiving enough sunlight. If the leaves are yellowing, it may be a sign of overwatering. Additionally, clivia plants may need to be divided every few years to prevent overcrowding.

To propagate a clivia plant, you can buy flowered plants or grow them from seed. Clivia seedlings take at least three years to flower, so it requires patience. When dividing a clivia plant, make sure each division has at least three or four leaves and a healthy root system.

Clivia plants are known for their long-lasting flowers, which are held in clusters on a stalk above the leaves. The flowers are similar to those of an amaryllis and can be orange, red, or yellow. Clivia plants can also produce fruits, which contain seeds for growing new plants.

If you have any questions or need additional tips on caring for clivia plants, you can ask your local UF/IFAS Extension office. They have many resources available, including articles on caring for clivias and solving common problems. Wisconsin Extension office can also provide information on how to care for clivia plants.

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One common question we receive is how to grow Clivia plants. Clivia is a beautiful flowering plant that is native to Southern Africa. It is a member of the Amaryllis family and produces stunning blooms in shades of red, orange, and yellow.

When buying a Clivia plant, look for one that has already flowered. This will ensure that you get a plant that is mature enough to bloom. Clivia plants are relatively easy to care for, but they do have some specific needs.

Firstly, Clivia plants prefer bright, indirect sunlight. They can tolerate some shade, but too much shade will result in fewer flowers. Place your Clivia plant in a room that receives plenty of natural light, but avoid direct sunlight, as this can scorch the leaves.

Clivia plants also need well-draining soil. Use a soilless potting mix that contains organic matter to ensure proper drainage. Water your Clivia plant regularly, but be careful not to overwater it. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot.

During the growing season, which typically begins in early spring and lasts until early fall, you can fertilize your Clivia plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging for best results.

If your Clivia plant becomes too big for its pot, you can divide it. Divide the plant in early spring, just before the growing season begins. Carefully remove the plant from its pot and separate the offshoots, making sure each division has some roots attached. Replant the divisions in fresh soil and water them thoroughly.

Clivia plants are relatively disease and pest-free, but mealybugs can sometimes be a problem. If you notice white, cottony masses on your plant, you may have mealybugs. Remove them by wiping the affected areas with a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol.

In colder regions, Clivia plants can be grown outdoors during the summer months and brought indoors before the first frost. They can also be grown as houseplants year-round. Just keep in mind that Clivia plants need a period of rest in order to bloom, so make sure to withhold water for at least two months during the winter.

We hope these tips help you grow beautiful Clivia plants in your garden or home. If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Our team of experienced gardeners is always here to provide you with the advice and information you need.

Latest Horticulture News

Clivia, a long-lasting and showy plant, is getting more attention in the world of horticulture. With larger selections available, it is now easier than ever to find the perfect clivia for your home or garden. Clivias are known for their mild climate and beautiful blooms, which can last for weeks.

One common problem when growing clivias is mealybugs. These tiny insects can infest the plant and cause damage to the flowers and leaves. To prevent this problem, it is important to keep the clivia in a well-lit area with a minimum amount of watering. Additionally, thick stems and bulb-like offshoots should be regularly checked for any signs of mealybugs.

If you are looking to buy a clivia, UF/IFAS has featured articles on caring for clivias and where to buy them. Clivias are easy to care for and can thrive in a variety of environments, making them a popular choice for many gardeners. With a little care and attention, you can enjoy the beautiful blooms of a clivia plant season after season.

To propagate clivias, you can divide the plant or grow new plants from offshoots. Dividing clivias is best done in the spring or early summer, while offshoots can be planted any time during the growing season. With proper care, these new plants will quickly establish themselves and produce their own blooms.

When buying a clivia, it is important to look for plants with healthy leaves and no signs of disease or disability. The leaves should be thick and green, and the flowers should be held high on sturdy stems. Clivias are available in a variety of colors, including orange, red, and yellow, and can be found in clusters or as single blooms.

To care for your clivia, place it in a well-lit window with plenty of sunlight. Water the plant sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other problems, so it is important to withhold watering if the soil feels damp. With the right care and attention, your clivia plant will flourish and bring beauty to your home.

For more tips and news on clivias and horticulture, keep an eye on UF/IFAS articles and other horticulture sources. There is always something new to learn and discover about these stunning plants.

Are you considering adding a Clivia to your indoor or outdoor garden? Before making a purchase, it’s important to do some research and gather advice from experienced growers. Clivia plants are typically held in high regard for their colorful blooms and attractive foliage. In this article, we will provide you with some essential tips and advice on buying and caring for Clivia plants.

If you’re looking to buy Clivia seedlings, it’s recommended to purchase them from a reputable source. This ensures you’re acquiring healthy and well-grown plants. When buying Clivia, look for seedlings with firm and thick leaves. Avoid seedlings with faded or yellowing foliage, as this may indicate an underlying problem.

Clivia plants are native to Southern Africa, where they are commonly grown outdoors. In colder regions like Wisconsin, it’s best to grow them indoors or move them to a more sheltered location during the winter season. Clivia plants should be placed in a bright room with indirect sunlight. They prefer a slightly shaded spot, as direct sunlight can scorch their leaves.

When it comes to watering Clivia plants, it’s important to strike a balance. Overwatering can lead to root rot, while underwatering can cause the plant to wilt and suffer. Clivia plants should be watered thoroughly, allowing the excess water to drain out of the pot. It’s best to water them when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

During the growing season, Clivia plants typically produce long stalks with clusters of flowers. The exact timing of blooming may vary, but it usually occurs in the early spring or early summer. To encourage blooming, Clivia plants require a period of cool temperatures, typically around 50-55°F (10-12°C), for about 5-8 weeks.

If your Clivia plant hasn’t flowered for a few years, it may need some additional care. One possible solution is to gradually move the plant to a slightly larger pot, using a well-draining soilless mix. Clivia plants prefer to be somewhat root-bound, so don’t go too big with the pot size.

If you encounter any issues or have specific questions about caring for your Clivia plant, it’s always a good idea to consult with your local extension office or horticulture experts. They can provide you with guidance tailored to your specific region and growing conditions.

In conclusion, Clivia plants are a beautiful addition to any indoor or outdoor garden. By following the right care tips and providing them with proper growing conditions, you can enjoy their vibrant blooms and lush foliage all year round.

Season Tips
Spring Clivia plants bloom during the early spring season. Ensure they receive sufficient light and cool temperatures during this time.
Summer During the summer season, it’s essential to water your Clivia plants regularly but avoid overwatering. Provide them with indirect sunlight and some shade to prevent leaf scorching.
Fall In the fall season, reduce the frequency of waterings for your Clivia plants. This allows them to prepare for their dormant period during winter.
Winter During the winter season, Clivia plants require cooler temperatures and reduced watering. Protect them from frost and move them indoors if necessary.

Remember to enjoy the beauty and elegance of your Clivia plants throughout every season. With proper care and attention, they will reward you with stunning blooms and lush foliage for many years to come.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.