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

Clivia miniata - The Perfect Houseplant

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Quick Facts
Common Name: Clivia
Hardiness Zone: 1-13S/W Exposure: Houseplants - Bright Indirect Light
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Blooms In: Feb-Mar
Height: 18" Read our Growing Guide
Ships Weather Permitting Ships as: CLAY POT

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Clivia miniata has a well-earned reputation as a rugged houseplant that demands very little attention. 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″ terra-cotta 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. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at 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 Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.



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Slow beginner

Barbe101 from South Bend, IN

I had my plant for 18 months before it bloomed. I thought I was doomed until I put it outside in the sunless northside of my porch. Within 2 weeks I had a bloom stalk. This year it bloomed twice, first in April then again in June outside. Do not put it in the sunlight. This is a great plant for a sunless area with medium-low light. A very clean plant until it looses it's flowers. The bloomes are worth the wait. The flowers last a very long time.

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You only need one.

Barbe101 from South Bend, IN

In 2009 I wrote my first comment. This spring 2011 I noticed small leaves to the side of my large plant. This new plant kept growing and I knew I was going to have to split the two apart. In late June I had the chance to do the job. The oldest leaves were about 8 inches long when I noticed a bloom cluster developing in the middle. I still highly recommend placing the plant outside in shade during the summer and then a north window for the winter. It's great I now have two plants for the price of one. I wrote that this plant reduces stress? How you ask? Well when you end up with two plants that bloom it sure makes me happy, maybe you too! BTW The parent plant gave me two bloom stalks one after the other.

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Death Defying Plant

Swimming Cyclist from Arlington, VA

This plant is amazing. Not only is it gorgeous, particularly when blooming, but it is very hardy. It's the perfect plant for someone who isn't "good" with plants. I've had this particular plant for about five years, and it has thrived despite inconsistent care/watering.

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Happiness in a pot

Jennifer from Caldwell, ID

The Clivia miniata arrived carefully packaged from White Flower Farm. The plant was in excellent condition and the pot and saucer are high quality Italian terra cotta. The Clivia arrived with buds ready to pop. After two weeks, these beautiful flowers have burst forth, brilliant orange with yellow interior and splotches of white. The plant is truly beautiful and brings me joy every time I look at it. Although this plant is not inexpensive, Clivia are supposed to be long lived and I expect to enjoy it for many years to come.

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Clivia miniata

leeflea from MS

I ordered this plants several yrs. ago from White Flower Farms and it's it by far the easiest plant I've ever grown.
The blooms are predictable and brighten up a forlorn winter's day.

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Growing guide

Growing guide

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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