Clivia miniata - The Perfect Houseplant
Clivia miniata - The Perfect Houseplant

Clivia miniata - The Perfect Houseplant

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Common Name: Clivia
Hardiness Zone: 1-13S/W Exposure: Houseplants - Bright Indirect Light
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Blooms In: Feb-Mar
Mature Height: 18" Read our Growing Guide
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Clivia miniata has a well-earned reputation as a rugged indoor plant that demands very little attention—some call it the perfect houseplant. With medium light, occasional watering, and a rinse of the leaves every month or so, this stately tropical plant will bloom gloriously in early spring, sometimes again in the fall, with clusters of warm orange blooms that last for weeks. As the plants age, the arching, strap-like leaves become a handsome, sculptural presence even when the plant is not in bloom. Happiest when pot bound, Clivia will let you know when to repot by bursting its container.

Clivias thrive even in a north window and require very little care, growing larger and more impressive with age. Our plants are of blooming size, and most will flower within 3-4 months of arrival. One plant in a 7″ terracotta pot with saucer.



WEATHER PERMITTING - Working with Mother Nature

In our business, we work closely with Mother Nature. In the colder months when we stipulate that an item is shipped “weather permitting”, that means temperatures outside our shipping facility in northwestern Connecticut and along the shipping route must be warm enough for tender plants to survive in unheated delivery trucks. Our practice of waiting for windows of milder weather may result in the occasional delay, but our customers tend to appreciate the care we take to make certain their plants arrive in the very best possible condition. Questions? Don’t hesitate to call our customer service staff at 1-800-411-6159.


The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. We also ship a wide range of containers and planters, tools, supplies, fertilizers, garden wear, garden decor items, as well as indoor decorations like wreaths and dried bouquets when available. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the green Shipping Details box for each item. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at the expected time of delivery.


We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.



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Finally have a Clivia again

Clivia used to grow in my yard growing up in Southern California, and their blooming was always a welcome occasion. Its been years since I had one inside. The plant arrived healthy and lush. Looking forward to blooms this winter.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful. Do you? yes no  Certified buyer

love my clivia miniata

I grew up in Germany, and almost every
household seemed to have at least one clivia. I ordered mine from WFF probably about 2 years ago. I was surprised by the size of it when it arrived, and I am happy to say it has bloomed for me consistently twice a year, and now it even has a baby. The current bloom stalk has about 22 individual blooms open. Beautiful. I keep it in an east window with a couple of hours of early morning sun.

43 of 43 people found this review helpful. Do you? yes no  Certified buyer

Best houseplant ever

I bought this plant from White Flower Farms in 1986 - over thirty years ago! Since then there have been many baby plants that have been divided and given away, as well as new plants sprouted from the seeds of the original plant and its descendants. The key is to keep it out of direct sunlight and don't over water. I have five huge pots still - one in a room with very low light. It doesn't bloom if light is not adequate but the leaves are still green and attractive. The others are kept in a bright room and they rebloom reliably every year.

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Growing Outdoors in Mild Winter Climates

My aunt lived in Alameda across the bay from San Francisco. She had a clivia in her entry way which I always admired. It was semi-shaded by the home next door. Before she passed away, she asked me to take a sprout, which I did. That plant is now very large and flowers regularly with very little care. I feed it in the spring and fall with balanced fertilizer, water it weekly and it is beautiful. Our temps in the summer rarely go over 75* and in winter stay above 40*, except occasionally. It has found a home here and always makes me think about my aunt.

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ANYONE can grow this plant.

Many years ago a friend gave me a White Flower Farm clivia for a birthday present. What I didn't know then was that it would be the most fantastic house plant I ever grew. 20 years ago it was and since then the "mother" plant has grown into close to 50 plants and I have given away over 20. So easy to take care of. I always tell friends, this plant LOVES abuse. The more potbound it is, the more flower stems it produces. You can grow it in a room with one north window and no water all winter and it rewards you with its beauty in late winter or early spring.

When it's not in bloom it makes a handsome foliage plant. Expensive, yes, but as you can see from my experience it is worth it over and over again. WFF sends healthy plants too.

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Latin Name Pronunciation: kly'-vee-ah min-ee-ay'-tah

Clivias have a well-earned reputation as rugged houseplants that demand very little attention.


  • Clivias grow best where they receive bright daylight but little or no direct sun--in a north-facing window, for example, or in an east- or west-facing window that is partially shaded by a deciduous tree.
  • You can summer your plant outdoors in a shady location. Just remember to bring it back in before the first frost. Clivias won't endure temperatures that dip much below freezing.


  • Clivias prefer to be kept on the dry side. We strongly suggest that you avoid a weekly watering regimen and instead water only when the plant requires it.
  • During the growing season, which begins after the "Winter Rest" and continues through October, water thoroughly (until water drains freely from the hole in the bottom of the pot) when the top inch of the potting mix becomes dry to the touch. Potting mix that remains constantly wet can cause rot, which is first manifested by the appearance of pale green or bright orange cankers on the leaves. 
  • Please note that misting the leaves is neither necessary nor desirable and can encourage disease.


  • Clivias flower more reliably if you give them a period of rest in late fall. Begin this rest period once your plant arrives, and repeat it every year thereafter.
  • For 12-14 weeks (about 3 months), keep the plant in light in a cool room (50-55°F is ideal) and withhold water.
  • Keep a close eye on your plant during this resting period. If you notice that it is beginning to wilt, add a scant 1-2 cups of water, just enough to moisten the soil lightly.
  • Begin normal watering (see "Water" above) at the end of the "Winter Rest". Bloom usually, but not always, follows in 6-12 weeks.


  • After your plant has bloomed (generally in the period from April to August), fertilize it monthly with a water-soluble fertilizer (20-20-20) mixed at ½ the recommended strength.
  • Use restraint: More fertilizer is not better. Stop fertilizing by mid-September.


  • Cut flower stalks off at the base after the blooms have faded to prevent the plant from expending energy on the production of seeds. Also remove leaves that withered and turned brown.


  • Clivias tolerate considerable crowding of their roots and bloom best, in fact, when pot-bound.
  • As a plant grows, some of the fleshy roots may push their way up above the potting mix. This is normal.
  • Repotting is necessary only every 3-5 years. After bloom, lift the plant from its pot and place it in a new pot that is no more than 2" in diameter larger than the old one. Use a potting mix that drains well and that is composed of at least 50% organic matter, such as peat moss or fir bark. Most potting mixes sold at garden centers meet both requirements.



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