Clivia Miniata, or Bush Lily, is an evergreen perennial which is very popular as a houseplant or as an outdoor grower in warm climates. Clivia have long, flashy leaves which grow in an eye catching symmetrical shape and they produce beautiful, trumpet like flowers in a host of different colours. Clivia are related to the Amaryllis plant, although Clivia grow from fleshy roots rather than a bulb.
Clivia Miniata - Growing a Bush Lily
Clivia are native to South Africa, where they grow in dense clumps in humus rich soil. They are tenacious plants, and have even been found growing in the forks of trees! Clivia have been a well known species since the 1800s, since which time they have become very popular as house plants. They are relatively hardy indoor plants and don’t need too much fussing as they are easy to grow and not very demanding.
Clivia Miniata became a sensation due to its bright yellow flowers, although it often produces blooms of orange rather than yellow. Miniata has very large leaves, which are dark green, strap shaped and can grow up to 2 feet long. The flowers are trumpet like and grow in clumps of 12-20 blooms in a variety of colours ranging from reddish orange to yellow.
Growing Clivia Miniata
- As it is a plant used to tropical conditions you must be careful about planting it outdoors-it won’t tolerate frost and may die back in colder conditions. A greenhouse or windowsill is the best bet for those wanting to grow Miniata.
- If you live in a warm enough area to plant your Clivia outdoors, try to place it near a larger plant which will filter the sun’s rays, or plant it in a northern area of your garden.
- All Clivia like to be grown in bright daylight but protected from the sun-either pot them up and place them on a north facing windowsill indoors, or plant beside shady plants outside or in a greenhouse so that they get light but no actual sun.
- Clivia Miniata like to be kept on the dry side of moist, as too much watering will rot their roots, so only water when the top layer of compost is dry. You should water at this point until water comes out through the holes in the pot, then leave it well alone until it next starts looking dry. No constant water regime for this pretty plant, it won’t thank you for it!
- A monthly fertiliser after the flowering season will benefit your Clivia; just mix up a weak solution of all round organic feed and dose your plant every month for a few months-this will give it the boost it needs to stay healthy and produce flowers and leaves the following season.
- Once the flowering season has passed, remove dead flowers to prevent the plant wasting energy producing seeds, and trim back any dead leaves.
- Clivias are friendly plants who like to be cosied up to their neighbours, and will in fact grow best when slightly pot bound. You should only need to re pot every 3 years or so, and don’t worry if the roots crowd up to the surface of the soil.
Plants For Australia
Clivia Miniata look stunning when planted together in clumps, where the tall symmetrically growing leaves make a perfect background for the bright flowers. You can plant them in your borders to bring a splash of colour to shady spots in your garden, or place them around in pots ready to bring indoors when the weather gets too cold for them.
The beautiful bush lily grows well in Australia as it likes warm climates and will thrive with just a little care and attention. You can buy plants online from Lush Plants and be safe in the knowledge that your Clivia Miniata will have had the best start in life, giving you the chance to experience the exotic beauty that is the Bush Lily in your own house or back yard!