Steps To Make Clivias Bloom
How to Make Clivias Bloom Every Year?
There is no doubt that the Clivia is an attractive flowering plant. But, many people are very skeptical when it comes to growing Clivias in their home garden. The main reason for this is, that they are not able to see blooms on their Clivias like they do in other flowering plants. Many people wait for the flowering season to see the bloom on the Clivia plants and they end up in huge disappointment as the plant refuses to flower. There are many reasons as to why the Clivia does not flower.
Why Does Clivia Not Flower?
If you are getting a Clivia seedling from a nursery, then you should understand that the plant will take at least 5 years to attain its flowering size. If you thought that the plant would grow and attain its bloom within 2 years, then this is not the plant to grow in your garden. The gardeners would say that the Clivia will bloom after 4 years of age or when there are 11 leaves on the plant. This is just a guide and different Clivia plants will reach maturity at different times.
The weather conditions around Clivia also play a major role in its flowering. They need to enjoy at least 6 weeks of cold weather to bloom. It is after the cold spell that the warm temperature induces the plant to bloom. In freezing temperatures, it is better to keep the plant in the garage or basement where it is cold, but not freezing. The flowering of the plant will vary depending on the coldish winter and the warmish winter.
Health of the Plant
It is very important to grow Clivia in encouraging growing conditions to help it to bloom. The plant should not be stressed out or be in bad shape during the flower embryo development stage. If the conditions are not favourable during the embryo development stage, then you will not see Clivia blooms, even if the conditions are perfect during the flowering season.
Take These Steps to Make Your Clivia Bloom Again
If you are filled with skepticism about the Clivia seed developing into a plant and flowering, then try buying an already bloomed Clivia plant from a nursery. It will be better to purchase the fully grown plant during the embryo development months so that you can see flowers blooming in 5 to 6 months later during the flowering season.
The Clivias will bloom better in pots or when they are growing in one place. It is better that you do not repot the plant during its bloom cycle. Create a cold environment by placing your Clivia in a cool area where the temperature range will be between 4 C and 15 C during the day and does not drop below 1.6 C at night. While you are carrying out all these measures to ensure the bloom of your Clivias, they need a rest period of up to 60 days where you should not water the plant during these cold periods. You are equally expected to apply fertiliser with a very high amount of potassium sulphate soluble form in spring and summer, to give the fertiliser time to work before the winter sets in. When you stop watering the Clivias for a short period this will drive the Clivia to flower. Clivias are not designed to flower north of Hervey Bay in Australia because their weather is not cold enough.
After doing all these things in order to ensure, that the bloom of your Clivias is maintained, you have to keep turning your flower pot gently on a daily basis. This is done so that the blooms and buds can all grow at the same rate around the plant.
The moment you observe that the Clivias has started its blooming process, it is expected that you apply an NPK Water Soluble standard fertiliser that is known for maintaining plants in all environments. This can be Powerfeed plant food at least once a month to keep clivias growing and looking healthy.
All these things will force the Clivia to bloom year after year or at least make the Clivia more consistent when it comes to bloom time.