Clivia miniata which is commonly known as fire lily, natal lily, and bush lily is a native plant in damp woodlands. Its colourful flowers that are usually red, orange or yellow give life to the environment especially when it is cultivated in pots.
Clivia miniata grows and blooms even better when grown in pots than planting it on the ground. Its colourful flowers make it a great indoor plant. It has a unique temperature and water requirement and usually grows from early spring to fall. It thrives well indoors with a given temperature of 65 degrees to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and a 10-degree drop during night time. It requires plenty of warmth, water, light and fertiliser during this period.
First, prepare the offset. Offset are plants growing from the base of the mother plant. Simply pull the offset, but make sure to include roots and careful not to snap the fleshy base. This method is more often used than the division method. The soil should be rich and well-drained. Choose a potting mix that drains well. Then place it in a small pot of its own.
Keep in mind that it is dormant when the temperature starts to rise from 50 degrees Fahrenheit to 55 degrees Fahrenheit, and should be kept cooler at night. It will grow best in daylight, little but not direct sunlight. When grown in low light conditions, it will rarely bloom but can serve as an interesting foliage plant. When watering, water thoroughly. Allow the soil to dry completely before watering again. It prefers to be kept dry. If the potting mix remains wet, it can rot and can cause pale green or orange leaf cankers. Water only when required.
Remember that repotting is necessary every 3 to 5 years and best done during spring. This time, the plant starts to grow vigorously. Choose a heavy container to prevent tripping and to give the plant enough space to grow.
To maintain and prolong flowering, you can remove older flower stems from the base of the leaves by trimming. Misting can prevent collection of dust on the leaves. Take note that it has lycorine, a plant latex-like sap which is irritant and poisonous.