Clivia miniata or forest lily; the most beautiful houseplant
The clivia is one very beautiful living room plant. His flower in particular is a pleasure to see. There are not many house plants that bloom so beautifully. The leaves of the clivia are large and dark green. The plant does not really have a stem, except that its leaves form a stem. In the summer you can put the clivia in the rain on the terrace or on the balcony for a while, but afterwards he has to burn his leaves again.
The plant does well in a barely lit room. He doesn't like to stand in front of the window. But there must be a window in the room where it is that makes the sun shine in for a few hours a day. In nature it grows in forests on shady places on the ground. A clivia is growing slowly. It is a strong plant that can go without water for a long time. He can grow very tall. If a plant is more than 10 years old, shoots sometimes appear next to it. These are new Clivia plants. When the shoots have four leaves, they are strong enough to repot. The clivia can also reproduce through seeds.
A clivia is thought to be difficult to flower. But it can bloom every year. The secret is that he needs a cold period. Every year in the fall, the cold makes the plant new seeds as a survival mechanism. To make seeds, the plant must first flower. Most living rooms are at a constant temperature. That is why he does not flower in that space. Watering also has influence. In the colder period, the plant actually needs no water, which stimulates the plant to start the flowering process. When the plant does not get enough water and heat, it is its natural response to thrive and take care of offspring. The solution is to temporarily place the plant in an unheated room with a window. Being isolated for almost two months, practically without water is enough to start the flowering process. A clivia does not like to move. Do not constantly move the plant to another location, but ensure that it is in a good location without getting too much sun. Do not drag too much with it. A move can easily survive the clivia.
If it blooms, it does not immediately mean that it will produce seeds. Indoors, there are no insects that cause pollination. That is why you can very carefully go into the flowers with a skewer and spread the pollen. You go through all the flowers one by one. Some yellow pollen will appear on the leaves if you do it right. Then it's patience. When the flowers fall off, leave the flower stalk behind. If all goes well, berries will arrive which you can then harvest about six months later. These fruits are poisonous and first turn green, then red. You can grow a new plant from the seeds. A clivia from seed is ready for flowering after three years.
Most clivivas are red but there are also white-yellow clivivas. These are rarer and cannot be purchased automatically in the Netherlands. No completely white clivia has been grown yet. The white-yellow clivas are cultivated flowers and do not occur in nature. The clivia is native to South Africa. The red clivia is growing rapidly there. There are still a number of species, but they do not flower nearly as beautifully as the red clivia miniata. The plant's red dye was used to make red paint. It was mainly brought to Europe because it is a beautiful plant. The plant is named after Charlotte Clive, the duchess of Northumberland who cultivated the plant. That happened in the Victorian period around 1850.
The clivia is a beautiful but poisonous plant so you cannot eat it or feed it to an animal. In the summer the clivia can stand well protected in the garden because the snails don't like him.
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