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RE: Clivia bloom was: Island Jim photos link.... new pics

Hmmm, interesting.  I have a clivia that stays in the house all year
long and blooms every two or three months.  From what I'm reading here
that sounds out of character for a clivia, much to my delight.  It does
get good light - we have lots of windows, including a window wall on the
south side of the room.  We moved it up one pot size about a year ago
after it sent up three offsets and threatened to bust out of the pot.  I
do treat it to water to which I have added orchid fertilizer (water my
orchids by submerging in the sink to thoroughly moisten the potting
medium and then use the same water on my houseplants. I change the
orchid fertilizer depending on the time of year and whether they're in
bud or bloom, but that doesn't seem to effect the rest of plants.)  I
wish all my indoor guys performed as well as that clivia.  Now, if the
yellow ones would just come down in price.  Sigh.

Zone 7 - West TN  

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Marge Talt
Sent: Saturday, March 22, 2003 1:43 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Clivia bloom was: Island Jim photos link.... new

> From: Cersgarden@aol.com
> And that is what?
Re: getting a Clivia to bloom:

Giving it a cool, relatively dry resting period in winter does the
trick, plus actually feeding the poor thing during its active growth
period; something I'm usually pretty lax about.

For years, I wintered it in the house, thinking it wanted warm
temperatures, and, of course, watered it with the rest of the

I can't remember who posted or where, but someone said that you have to
give these children cool, dry rest periods.  So, I put it in my
greenhouse for winter - gets to around 40F there and sometimes a bit
colder, but I put this close to the garage opening, where it's the
warmest so it wouldn't freeze.  And, LO!  it bloomed last year, but in
summer and this year it's blooming now.  Why, the change in bloom time,
I do not know.  

I summer it outside under our covered walk at the edge where it gets
some early morning rays...well, actually leaning up against one of the
columns as it wants to be so top heavy it won't sit up straight by
itself.  I have finally potted it up just a bit.  They want to be
rootbound, but the poor thing was in a 6" pot and there wasn't any soil
left at all.  Just did that as it was coming into bud, so that wasn't a
factor in blooming this year.

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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