Encouraging Difficult Houseplants to Flower

Houseplants originate from all over the world and naturally require different conditions in order to flower. The trick is to mimic these at home to coax reluctant types to bloom.

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Clivia Needs Period of Cold Dormancy
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For this beautiful spring- and summer-flowering bulb to flower, it needs a period of cold dormancy. While it likes a warm spot for most of the year, from late fall to late winter, keep it dry and at about 50 degrees F. Water again from early spring and give it a liquid feed every other week. As growth begins, move the plant to a warmer spot to flower, water it slightly less and begin the cycle again. Clivias actually likes to be pot-bound, so repot infrequently.


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