Indoor plants

La Clivia

Irrigation of the clivia

This enchanting herbaceous perennial comes from the African continent and is part of the dense and varied taxonomic grouping of the Amaryllidaceae.The plant, usually placed in embellishment inside the houses, has normal needs to be wet, according to its position and especially to the climatic season It will therefore be watered with constancy and generosity during the spring and summer seasons, even several times a week, while the wetting will be drastically limited in the cold period, with a maximum monthly frequency, always paying attention not to irrigate. when the soil is dry or even desiccated, it is necessary, in fact, to avoid dangerous stagnation of water, which can weaken the roots of the clivia, causing weakening, diseases or rot.

Clivia care and cultivation

As previously mentioned, the clivia is a plant to be typically placed inside houses and offices, and must be equipped with soil provided with adequate organic components mixed with sandy elements and materials, in order to guarantee efficient and adequate drainage. Once the flowering has ended, repotting on average every two years will be necessary, using gradually larger containers, in order to avoid that the very developed root system saturates the container and prevents the evergreen from breathing and feeding properly. Conversely, no particular pruning operations will be necessary, as the simple elimination, manually or with a special tool, of old branches and yellowed or dried leaves is sufficient.

Clivia fertilization and fertilization

As far as fertilization is concerned, a few simple rules must be followed.Normally, the perennial herb is placed in a medium-sized pot and must therefore be fertilized regularly, in order to ensure the right nutrients. in the time interval between March and September, and suitably limited or even interrupted with the arrival of cold weather. Solid fertilizers, so-called slow-release fertilizers, or more appropriately liquid ones, can be used for this purpose, to be diluted in the water for watering. The fertilizer must be specific for flowering plants and possess, in addition to the necessary microelements, a significant presence of potassium and above all nitrogen elements, necessary for the luxuriant growth of the plant.

La Clivia: Plant exposure and possible diseases

The herbaceous plant can easily live inside the apartment, even for the entire duration of the year, and will have to find accommodation in an enlightened environment but not exposed to direct sunlight, potentially harmful to the health of the foliage. , likes climatic conditions and very high temperatures and should not be placed in shady areas of the house, nor subjected to sudden changes in climate or sudden air flows.The evergreen, in conclusion, can be subject to attacks by various insects and parasites, such as the red spider and the fearful cochineal. In this case, it will be necessary to promptly eliminate them, carefully washing the plant with soaps and other detergents, or using, in the most serious cases, a specific insecticide.

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