Clivia, Strength of Africa
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CLIVIA "The strenght of Africa"

  • The Clivia is a long blooming houseplant, which thrives indoors and on the veranda. Given a spot in the shade, the Clivia can be left out on the terrace from spring to autumn. Once overnight frosts are likely the plant should be brought back inside.
  • With a bloom lasting 3 to 4 weeks the intense orange of the Clivia flower creates a magnificent ambience in any home.
  • It is easy to get your Clivia to bloom again, and it can bloom up to twice a year!
  • The dark green leaves provide a good decorative element, even when the plant is no longer in bloom.


The plant was discovered in South Africa and belongs to the Amaryllidaceae or Amaryllis family. This is a group of plants which is related to the lily and Agave family.
The name is derived from Lady 'Charlotte Florentina' Clive, a former Duchess of Northumberland. She was the granddaughter of the man who discovered the plant, Robert Clive.
At the present time Belgian Clivias are famed throughout the world.



As soon as the flower stem is visible (usually January - March) the plant may be watered copiously and given extra fertiliser. However, it is best not to allow the water to collect in the pot.
Clivias can be kept fairly dry in the period from September to around December.

It is best to place the Clivia in a cooler location (7°- 18°C). In this period Clivias should be given a cooler location (7°-15°C). This promotes the development of a flower stem.

By applying pollen to the pistil it is possible to increase the chances of obtaining beautiful, red, seed-bearing berries after 10 months. 




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