The Clivia miniata is just like the Calla originally from South Africa. This plant was introduced in Western Europe in the 19th century and was mainly grown in Belgium for years. The Clivia miniata was only commercially grown on a large scale later. This is due to the long and complicated growing period of this plant. The two-year growing period makes the Clivia miniata a relatively expensive plant.
A Clivia needs moderate watering. It is sufficient to give water once a week and to keep the soil slightly moist. In the winter period it is sufficient to water once every 2 weeks.
A dark place is best suited for the Clivia. The plant may never be in full sun. The Clivia can withstand temperatures between 2 and 30 ° C. The flowering time of the Clivia is the longest at a temperature around 10 ° C.
Due to the slow growth of the Clivia, fertilising a few times a year is sufficient. We advise you to repot your Clivia after 2 years so that the roots get more space. Every normal potting soil is suitable for this.
In order for the Cliva miniata to bloom, it must have a rest period; this development period stimulates bud development. The natural rest period of a Cliva is winter. For a good flowering you can insert a rest period, put your Clivia miniata for 2 months in an environment with a temperature of 5 to 12 degrees Celsius. The plant then needs little light and also very little water. If the soil remains slightly moist, this is sufficient.
After this period of rest the stem will stretch and a bud will appear, after flowering the stem can be broken out or cut. You can repeat this process many times.
Clivia, an old well-known plant from the past.