Saturday, March 28, 2009
This Clivia was blooming at Wave Hill. There is one of these at the Conservatory at work also. Only the yellow one at work doesn’t look like it is going to bloom this year. Last year was the first year it had ever bloomed and I had hoped that would be the start of having it bloom every year. The orange Clivia at work has some buds on it. I remember I divided it one time and it took about ten years for it to start to flower again. For the yellow one I am going to try and keep it cool and dry for the autumn and see what happens.
Clivias are native to South Africa and are members of the Amaryllis (Amaryllidaceae) family. They like shade and can withstand high temperatures but not blazing sun. It is a plant than can survive quite a bit of neglect. We take ours outside for the summer but have to put them inside during the winter. They can survive temperatures as low as 36 degrees F.
“Plan your year in the spring, your day at dawn.”