- Clivia miniata
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Clivia miniata are part of the Amaryllidaceae family and their native range is S. Africa. Clivia are geophytes meaning they have an underground storage organ, in this case a rhizomatous root stock as with thick, branching roots. The inflorescence or umbel forms on a leafless branch (a scape or peduncle) from in between one of the leaf axils. Flowers are in dense clusters, they are orange and trumpet-shaped. Foliage is dark green and strap-shape, forming directly opposite one another in an alternating sequence.
Clivia are well known for being easy to care for and for even growing well in bright shade - although they won’t flower under these conditions.
Genus name honours Lady Charlotte Florentia Clive, the Duchess of Northumberland. The specific epithet comes from the Latin miniatus meaning 'lead-coloured', this is in reference to the colour of the blooms.
Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. An east-facing windowsill would be ideal.
Water: Allow at least 50% of the potting mix to dry out before watering.
Potting mix: Clivia like to be tight in their pot, you may only need to repot every 3-5 years. Ensure potting mix is chunky and well-draining, if you use our potting mix, I’d suggest adding a couple of extra scoops of bark.
Fertiliser: Some sources suggest a balanced fertiliser, diluting it to half strength and feeding every other watering. The Pacific Bulb Society suggests using either a Phosphate free or a low phosphate fertiliser, feeding just 2 or 3 times during the growing season.
Temperature: 16-25˚C during the growing season.
Humidity: Average home humidity is fine, if humidity is higher than 60% ensure that there is good airflow.
Blooming information: In winter or between October-January, withhold water, keeping the plant between 5 and 10˚C. The buds form between the leaf axils, once the flower stalk appears, increase watering and return the plant to room temperature. The growth culminates in a round head of orange, trumpet-shaped flowers. When the flowers die, snip them off if you don’t want your plant to set seed. The foliage is evergreen.
Clivia are toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.
Delivery & Returns
Please be aware that your plant may vary from the picture as this is a living item. Variations of shape and colour are perfectly natural and to be expected. We will send you a plant as close to the picture and description as possible. The picture shown is an example of what's in stock unless stated otherwise.
Our plants are sent with a detailed care guide to help you look after them. You must provide the adequate conditions to keep them alive.
Shipping & Delivery
We can only ship within the UK. Orders from abroad cannot be fulfilled and will be cancelled & refunded.
We pack and ship all orders on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to prevent plants waiting in transit over the weekend.
We do send all our plants via next day delivery, however couriers can sometimes take longer.
We guarantee our plants 14 day from receipt. We guarantee to send happy and healthy plants, however, it is your responsibility to care for them and we cannot be held responsible for neglect or mis care. Please send us a picture within 24 hours of receiving your plant and we'll help you out with your issue.
If returning your order, please keep all original packaging and use this to send the plant back to us. This will ensure the plant is kept as safe as possible on its return.
To allow the plant to acclimatise in its new home, there should be no repotting of the plant for a minimum of 14 days after receipt. If any plant has been repotted or a cutting has been taken then we are not able to accept returns.
We are happy to replace your plant if it is very badly damaged in transport. The loss of a leaf in transport on a healthy plant should not generally be cause for any concern. We cannot give a refund for snapped leaves.
Caring for your new leafy green friends
Please don’t put me on or close to a radiator, the heat will dry me out.
Take me out of any ceramic pots when watering to stop my roots rotting.
I need light to survive. Please give me light!
I don’t like draughts! Keep me away from any cold spots in the house.