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November 17, 2009


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I had a Clivia do that to me too! I was all set for a big ol' bloom and they just hid in the foliage. Glad to see I am not the only one! Mine didn't bloom this year. :-(

Shady Gardener

Kathleen, I need to look up Clivia. Yours reminds me of the way "Moses in a Boat" plants bloom. Wonder if they're related?

Helen at Toronto Gardens

I was interested in your story and also the Shady Gardener's comment. As usual, this sent me scurrying to look online. I found that the Moses in a Boat plant (which I'd never heard of before) is a member of the tradescantia family, while clivia is a cousin of amaryllis.

An online article posted in 1996 describes your problem. Here's a clipped part of the text:

"For best results, clivias should be grown in bright diffused light, with the growing medium kept evenly moist during spring and summer. If the plants are allowed to become quite dry for two months in winter, and the growing temperature is lowered to approximately 10 - 15°C, the plants can also be encouraged to flower. Clivia flowers are orange, lily-like, and produced in crowded clusters on top of a thick stem. Once a flower stem has begun to emerge, watering can be increased, and plants moved to a location with normal growing temperatures. In some cases, a mature plant will attempt to flowers even when no rest period has been provided. Flowers produced by such plants are seldom successful, however, because without the proper rest period, the flowering stalk often fails to elongate, leaving the cluster of flowers compressed between the leaves near the base of the plant. Where clivia plants are grown in low light conditions, they will rarely flower, but will serve as reliable foliage plants."

And here's the site it came from:

I've always liked clivias, so thanks for inspiring me to look around for info. Good luck with your babies.


Poor thing just didn't have the energy to push those blooms up any further. Even flattened by the foliage, we can see the color is pretty.

It is starting to rain here and it is almost totally dark at 3:30 (usually it holds out to 4:30 before the sky is pitch black). How depressing and it's a long time til spring.

Corner Gardener Sue

I've never grown these, but sure enjoyed reading your post about them. Your photos are awesome!

I like to buy some plants as cheaply as I can, even if it means not being sure what their "names" are. I agree with what you said about enjoying an element of surprise. I also like to splurge sometimes on a plant I've been wanting.

Kylee from Our Little Acre

One of my clivias did the same thing earlier this year, after a main, normal bloom. I'm going to put mine in the colder guest bedroom for awhile. Hopefully that will spur them to bloom the right way!


I had to laugh at the thought of a plant having a hidden agenda :)
I've heard of Clivias, but have never seen one. You managed to get some great pictures even though the flowers were hiding.


I love your indoor plants Kathleen...they cheer me up all winter. Last year I gave into temptation and bought an amaryllis. Who knows if Apple Blossom will flower this winter!
Clivia is one I've read about but don't know, so this shall we a good plant watch adventure. gail

Sweet Bay

You're not cheap you're thrifty! :) Those flowers are lovely even if you didn't get a stalk.


My Clivia did this too! I was very interested to read the comment by Helen.
I had mine outside on the front porch during the summer (and fed it) and I overwinter it upstairs in a cool bedroom. I'll try keeping it dry for a couple of months. Good luck with yours!

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