A Lazarus Plant?


This, supposedly, is a yellow clivia miniata. It’s definitely a clivia. It’s the “yellow ” part that I am questioning. I just acquired the plant last year and while it is very healthy, it hasn’t yet bloomed for me.


Here’s my orange clivia. It’s probably 5 years old and it probably blooms every other year. Clivia questions are one of my biggest house plant questions–to the extent folks know what they are. But with house plants coming back into “fashion,” it’s only a matter of time before this long lived, attractive plant becomes popular.

Why is my post called the Lazarus Plant? Because I haven’t watered either of these plants since mid-October. That, supposedly, is the protocol for blooming.

The actual instructions are to stop watering in mid October. Chill the plant to 40 degrees and hold it there (now I have really cold places in my house, but none are that cold!). Resume watering January 21, after bringing the plant to a warmer (and by warmer, they mean low 60s, which is about where I have it now) place.

If you can manage to achieve that, bloom should follow in February. Since even I can’t, I will often get blooms in May or so. That’s fine. Blooming is blooming, so far as I am concerned.

And the plants did look pretty with the Christmas wreaths around them. I finally have a good use for those!

2 thoughts on “A Lazarus Plant?

  1. tonytomeo January 20, 2020 / 12:29 pm

    Yellow used to be rare, but then became so popular that the rich reddish orange that used to be so common is now rare. I still prefer the classic oranges. It is silly that landscape designers still brag about their yellow clivias as if they are still rare . . . and as if yellow is always the best color. There are some landscapes that benefit from bright reddish orange. For a while, I wanted a white clivia, but was not impressed with it in bloom. It still looks yellowish. It is certainly a delightful color for many situations, especially since clivia is often put into shady spots, but is not white enough for my own garden.

  2. gardendaze January 20, 2020 / 2:27 pm

    For me right now the Holy Grail plant is a true white schlumbergera–or zygocactus–or whatever those succulent like plants that bloom any time between October and now are currently called.

    I have 2 clivia, both yellow and the traditional orange. The orange is more interesting because of the coloring of the flowers which aren’t just orange, of course. But that’s when they bloom, although as I recall, the orange is much more reliable for me as well.

    Nothing wrong with a good old fashioned reliable plant. I talk about this all the time in my lectures.


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