How my clivia became a star
I want to talk about how my favorite Clivia became the star of the winter garden and how much strength it demanded of me. I will say right away that clivia is an unpretentious plant and all the whims of my pet are explained by its southern origin, which sometimes reminds itself in our climatic conditions. But first things first.
Cinnabar clivia came to our homes from South Africa and belongs to the Amaryllis family. And here lies its first feature: clivia does not give a real onion, and therefore does not fall into hibernation and is able to delight our eyes all year round. But! For flowering, the plant requires proper care. Without it, you will receive a bunch of leaves in a pot, and never clivia will not show its true "face". You must admit that she has made a long journey, and therefore it is necessary to relate to her whims with understanding, and if they are not taken into account, the plant will not bloom.
What needs to be done in order to “tear the covers” and enjoy the flowering of clivia? Nothing supernatural. A plant, having a powerful root system, requires large volumes, in my experience - at least four liters. So that it does not grow beyond measure, every two years I carry out the following operation: I separate the daughter processes from the main root, shorten the root itself to 20 centimeters and cut two leaves on each side. After which I give my beloved about forty minutes so that she wakes up and has time to dry the wounds inflicted on her. I have enough time allotted for the “postoperative period” to wash the pot, rinse the drainage in running water, which takes up to a quarter of the height of the pot, and fill it with freshly prepared nutrient soil. Carefully transplanting the updated plant to its original place, and for the first two to three days after transplanting, I do not water it so that damaged roots do not rot. Then I bring the watering to a very plentiful one, but the interval between waterings should be sufficient so that the soil in the pot dries out a little. I do a transplant at the very beginning of July, strictly after flowering, but your time may be different. Probably, it directly depends on the specific climate in your apartment.
I note that such a radical intervention, I expose my darling solely for the sake of gain - to save space in my apartment. If you have the opportunity and place for a large tub, then you should not interfere so rudely in its root system, as botanists advise us. The frame clivia looks great! But even Clivia could become a real star of my garden on the windowsill.
And like any star, it requires attention. It is important to catch the moment the first leaves appear. It is from this time that I begin to feed the plant with organics and trace elements. Clivia does not like waterlogging, languishes in the shade, but does not tolerate direct sunlight. If you do not please, then rusty spots quickly appear on its leaves - this is a signal for you that you either overdid it with watering or there is a lot of sun.
She requires especially close supervision in the winter months, from December to February. During these months, I put it closer to the window frame, reduce the amount of water for irrigation to a reasonable minimum, carefully wipe the leaves from dust and if I notice that they have lost their elasticity, I slightly increase the watering of the plant. By March, along with the first sunshine, clivia will let you know that it needs enhanced nutrition - it will have the first new leaves. From this moment, the plant should begin to feed. And Clivia will soon delight you with the first peduncle - an umbrella made of soft orange bells. It will bloom for a long time until the last flower blooms. He is grateful to you for your attention and work! And so it goes on for two years, after which the pot becomes small and I have to repeat “surgical intervention”.
And the last piece of advice. If you do not know how to artificially pollinate clivia or you do not need seeds, then you need to cut the arrow after flowering. But continue feeding (I feed the German ASB Greenworld fertilizer) roots - Clivia needs strength in order to survive in our harsh climate for it. She will not remain in debt - among household appliances and boring furniture, her bright colors and pleasant aroma will remind you that we have another life that is not familiar with economic crises.
By the way:
Clivia is an office plant. And if the plant is old enough in your office, you can try to make it bloom a second time in the summer. To do this, at the end of July, make a pot with a plant in partial shade, slightly reduce watering, and do not feed at all. After a couple of weeks, the lower leaves may slightly turn yellow, but a peduncle appears!
Young offspring are separated from old plants after flowering, when they have at least 4 leaves. They are planted at a temperature of about 16 degrees in 7-centimeter pots so that they take root. Watering is necessary moderate. A new clivia will bloom in two years.