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  1. Reedfish

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    I have 2 in pots.
    The ordinary orange one and a pastel yellow.
    Neither have flowered for a few years
    They are totally pot bound, and I think they would benefit from being repotted. Maybe this weekend? This chat has motivated me to do it!
     
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  3. A new day

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    Yes spring is in the air! My clivias are the normal orange ones (clivia miniata). The 2m tall strelitzia bush is my favourite plant in the garden

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  4. Saibot

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    So from what my dad told me they will live in pots or in a bed. However, once they have been replanted and they have already finished flowering then it takes about 4 or 5 years to have them flower again. If you replant them while they are flowering you shouldn't have that problem. He is pretty good in the garden so I'm relying solely on his info. I suppose it must have something to do with stress to the roots or something.
     
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    Don't you love how the strelitzia look like beautiful birds with their heads raised high in almost an arrogant manner. Just beautiful!
     
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    :thumbup:No one can say indigenous is boring!
     
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    Spent more on test kits than my entire planned livestock budget for this tank
    Chiclid appetite on a daneo budget

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    @Reedfish you can divide and replant them, give them a good mulch and a good slow release organic fertilizer for flowering plants (3-1-5 i think). They might not flower this year (as the flowering season has already started, but maybe you’re lucky) next year you’ll have at least some flowers, and from then on they’re good to go. Keep up the mulching (ideally a thick layer of compost about 5cm), and fertilize about a month before flowering season and again later in the season. Water well before and during the growing season, less so in the off-season.

    I moved all my clivias about early August last year just after we moved into the house, they flowered soon afterwards but not quite a full display. This year looks very promising.
     
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    We repotted our various Clivias about 2 years ago shortly after they had flowered, and we have lovely healthy leaves, but very few flowers.
    Hopefully next year they will be in full bloom again.
    If not then, then maybe the year after.
     
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    Congrats @Saibot !

    After much job searching, I decided to sign up for a trainee job advertised by many of the career sites and I just got accepted into one of the academies to go into cyber security, which has been my dream for a long time. At least I can still work and study from home in my free time.
     
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    Yeah being pot bound and not repotted once a year will do that to them. I used to have rain lilies and the one batch was pot bound but still continued to flower because I was feeding it all year, even through the winter. We still had to repot it and the first time I did it, you would not have enough room for all of your fingers to dig in because there were too many bulbs in it. The rest went into the garden so I need to find out how they are doing.
     
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    I can't grow Clivias outside due to our weather
    I once forgot about a pot of seedlings outside and they were out for the whole winter. They survived, so I thought I would plant them out. But the following winter they got wiped out.

    My 2 plants are on a windowsill that gets some late afternoon sun during the summer months
     
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    @Reedfish how do roses manage in your winters? Since here they love hot sunny spots and not a lot of water..

    My dogs would agree they look like birds.. We've had to plant our strelitzias in high pots so that the dogs don't try catch the "birds" :lol:
     
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    That's awesome. Congrats. Rock it
     
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    They do fine in pots but how harsh is your afternoon sunlight? If it’s like ours, they won’t like it at all. Do you have a spot that either gets light but NO direct sunlight, or a bit of morning sun and then no direct sunlight?

    You could also put them on a shaded patio during the warmer months and bring the pots inside for winter. They’d appreciate that.

    They will need to be repotted every couple of years, not every year as it takes them a season or two to adjust.

    Mine are in the open garden, inherited with the house, but some were in pretty bad shape from too much sun and some were completely hidden from view. So I moved every single one and am nursing them back to health. Some had viral infections and also pretty bad scale insect infectations. I also need to keep tabs on the very destructive amaryllis borer, we’ve had serious issues in the western Cape lately... so have to say that the clivias are probably the highest maintenance garden plants I keep, and also the only ones that I grudgingly use insecticides on :(
     
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    Congratulations @Saibot and all the best

    Hahha i like your train of thought!!
     
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    @A new day ,

    Have you tried Margret Roberts insecticide?
    Its made from garlic juice and couple other plants
    I use it on m veggie patch and works like a bomb
     
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    Do you use systemic insecticides? They're still chemical but they get absorbed by the plant and so they only affect pests that try to bite the plant, and have absolutely no effect on bees and lady bugs etc. Margaret Roberts pesticide would still be better, but it's contact so it won't have any effect on scale
     
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    For the scale insects on the clivias I use neem oil, very effective. The amaryllis borer is a whole other cup of tea - yes I use a systemic one.
     
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    A little bit of freah air this morning, we need so much rain!! This little stream is right outside my house. Just love the bushveld life!!! Sorry if this post is not in relation to this threadDSC_0289.JPG DSC_0290.JPG DSC_0291.JPG DSC_0296.JPG DSC_0292.JPG

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