Clivia- Growing Clivia miniata and the Clivia Plant

Clivia, (Clivia miniata), or Kaffir lily, has spectacular orange to red blossoms. Clivia miniata is a favorite variety of clivia plants for indoor gardening. Get facts and information on clivia care, propagation, seeds, and growing requirements.

Clivia Plant

Clivia is a herbaceous evergreen that does not have a bulb, It is a vase-shaped plant with a medium to coarse texture. It is a genus of the amaryllis family and will grow 1-2’h x 1-2’ w. Clivia prefers morning sun or bright, indirect light all day. It will not tolerate direct afternoon sun. Provide daytime temperatures of 70 degrees or higher, and nighttime temps not lower than 50 degrees. Drop the temperature during the rest period to just above 40 degrees. Clivia plants prefer slightly acid soils between pH 6-7.


Bright orange blooms of clivia

*Clivia is usually grown as a house plant in colder climates, but can be grown outdoors in warmer climates.

Clivia Care

Clivia roots are fleshy and store water, so they easily rot if overwatered. It’s better to neglect a clivia than to overwater it. Feed monthly with a blooming plant food during active growth. In late fall give the plant a rest by withholding plant plant food and watering only enough to keep the leaves from wilting.

Repot in spring just as it begins active growth. Well-drained potting soil is essential. Some gardeners pot clivia in orchid mix. Keep the same size pot as clivia needs to be pot-bound in order to  bloom. The plants are top heavy, so use a terra-cotta pot. Move clivia outdoors into light, dappled shade for the summer. Clivia leaves may turn yellow on the bottom row of leaves as it grows. Simply prune these off by hand to keep the plant attractive.

"Clivia Miniata"

Clivia miniata as border plants

Clivia Propagation

Propagate by separating the offsets from the parent plant. After flowering, remove the plant from the pot and gently tease the roots apart to separate the offsets. Pot them up and give them plenty of water and light as they establish themselves.

Clivia Seeds take a long time to reach blooming size. Sow seeds on sterile soil mix and press lightly into it, leaving the tops exposed. Keep warm and light. Pot up the new plants about 8 months after sowing.

Pests and Diseases: Remove scale and mealybugs by hand or with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol or horticultural oil.

Clivia Varieties:

Clivia nobilis has pendulous flowers.

Clivia miniata var. Citrina has clear yellow flowers.

Clivia gardenii has pendulous flowers that are orange tipped in green.

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