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Clivia, cultivation and careto dedicate to the plant. What to do in case of yellow leaves, rot or scale insects.
ThereClivia miniatais one of theindoor plantsmore widespread and appreciated. Therecliviait is appreciated for the splendidbloomsand for the ribbon-like leaves characterized by a splendid bright green.
Therecliviait is a small plant: it reaches a maximum height of 50 cm. In winter and autumn, thecliviait needs a lot of light, very little water and little care. Let's start with the simple things: where to grow the plant!
- In summer, you can keep the plant indoors, in a well-ventilated room or outdoors, in a shaded or semi-shaded area. In the summer the plant does not tolerate the direct rays of the sun which could be due to yellow leaves and burned.
- In winter, the plant should be kept indoors, in a very bright area. You can place the pot near a window.
- In winter, the plant cannot be placed near radiators and in summer it must be kept away from air conditioners.
Therefloweringit is late spring. With spring, thecliviaemits a central stem, robust and erect. At the end of the stem, an umbrella inflorescence develops consisting of about tenbells, each consisting of six petals.
THEcolorsgodsflowersThey are different. The speciesclivia miniataleaves room for different varieties, the traditional one sees orange flowers. The citrine variety sees yellow flowers and less common varieties see pinkish flowers.
Clivia with yellow leaves
If you've noticed yellow leaves, your clivia is probably facing a problem with ferric chlorosis. This disease is very common for indoor plants irrigated with tap water.
Therecliviait should only be irrigated with demineralised water! Calcareous water can causewhite spotson the leaves or the development of progressively yellow leaves. For clivia irrigation, follow the instructions seen in the guide article"Irrigation of acidophilic plants.
If thecliviait has yellow leaves, after irrigation has stopped. If the plant was in full sun, move it. Start irrigating it only with demineralized water and add specific fertilizer such as ox blood.
In some cases, yellow leaves could be a symptom of a fungal disease. As a precaution, administer a copper-based antifungal.
The ribbon-like leaves of thecliviathey tend to accumulate dust: clean the leaves with a damp cloth. In the driest periods of the year (but also in reverse if you use the heating system a lot), in addition to irrigating the plant, spray mineralized water over the entire surface of the plant.
In autumn and winter, slow down watering. Increase the frequency of watering in spring, with the vegetative restart and the development of the floral stem.
Clivia: ideal climate
There ideal temperature to grow the clivia is 24-27 degrees. In winter it is therefore important to protect the plant by placing it in sheltered places where the temperature never drops below 14 degrees.
Even more important is to keep the soil properly watered, without obviously overdoing it.
Fertilization, to ensure the optimal growth of the clivia, must be done every two weeks using a liquid fertilizer diluted in water.
Autumn is the best time to repot. Use soft, well-draining soil. The best soil for potted clivia is universal-type soil mixed with a little sand (about a quarter).
The clivia doesn't need any pruning. Instead, it is important to remove dry and withered leaves, using gardening scissors.
Clivia: diseases and treatments
The plant is very hardy but is not immune to illnesses. Paradoxically, houseplants become more vulnerable to disease when they are watered too often. To prevent disease, irrigate your clivia only when the soil needs water.
THE mushroomsPhythophthora they develop when the soil does not provide good drainage or when the plant is watered too often. The fungal disease manifests itself with the onset of rot in the basal part of the plant (collar and stem). Promptly perform a treatment with fungicide for ornamental plants.
Also mites is mealybugs they can be harmful to the plant. In this context, natural remedies may suffice: sprinkle the leaves with a solution of Marseille soap and water. In case of cochineal, intervene with mineral oil.