Clivia is a house-plant with dark green strap-like leaves that splay outwards. From Spring to late Summer it bears a cluster of orange to red flowers.
Water once or twice a week in Spring and Summer, keep drier in Autumn and early Winter during the resting period.
Feed monthly from time of flowering to end of Summer, using house-plant fertilizer.
Re-pot annually, though it prefers a small pot. Plants that are over 3 years, change top soil every 2-3 years and re-pot only when roots grow through the top of the soil.
In late Winter to early Spring use the offsets to make new plants. With a sharp knife, cut the offsets and its roots from the parent plant. Plant in a 3-5 inch pot containing equal parts of peat moss and perlite and keep warm in medium light. Keep it moist and when roots appear on surface of the mixture, re-pot into 1 size larger pot using potting compost.
Place Clivia in cool and in a bright lit room. In Summer the plant will suffer if it is in bright sunshine. Because the plant can become top-heavy, use a clay pot not plastic pot. It flowers better when its roots are crowded.
It is best to remove dead flowers before they produce seeds, otherwise they may not flower the following year.
Do not move the plant when in bloom or the flowers may shed. After flowers fade and red berries form, remove them with a razor blade to prevent them from developing because they absorb a lot of energy from the plant. Clean the leaves monthly with a damp cloth and do not use leaf-shine.
Clivia looks beautiful on a dining room table when not in use.
Stand pot on saucer of pebbles covered with water.
Scientists were able to revive a flowering plant from the fossilized fruit found in the stomach of an Arctic ground squirrel who was trapped in ice around 32,000 years ago.