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Klivie: Detect and treat care errors and pests

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Klivien are beautiful plants that are unfortunately only somewhat maintenance-intensive. On the one hand you can e.g. Pests and also maintenance errors.

© leonidp - Fotolia.com / The Klivie is very maintenance-intensive

The exotic clive with its dark green leaves and the bright flower umbels is one of the most popular houseplants. It is insensitive to diseases. What at first glance looks like a plant disease is usually only the result of incorrect care. Some pests, however, like to settle on the plant. Above all, scale insects, mealybugs and mealybugs are hard on the Klivie. But care also plays an important role here, because lice like to appear particularly when the plant is overwintered too warm.

Typical maintenance errors

❍ yellow and brown leaves:

Klivie was still a real gem in the flower shop, but is it ailing at home? Yellow, brown or withered leaves are usually a sign of incorrect care. If the plant gets too much and too much sun, the leaves will burn. You can see that from yellow and brown leaves or spots on the leaves. Cut off the burned parts and put the Klivie in a bright place, but without direct and blazing midday sun. The window glass can intensify the effect of the sun considerably, so it is better to move. If possible, the Clivia should stay in the new place permanently, because it doesn't like ongoing relocation.

❍ wilted leaves / root rot:

The plant gets withered leaves if it receives too little water. On the other hand, too much water leads to brown leaf tips. Waterlogging also causes the roots to rot. You can change both causes: water more until the leaves have recovered. Otherwise take the Klivie out of the pot. Cut off rotten root parts and let the rhizome dry afterwards. Now put the Klivie in fresh soil, while doing so also create a reasonable drainage on the bottom of the pot.

❍ short shaft:

The special thing about the Clivia are the flowers, which sit on a long, slender stem and protrude the leaves. If the stem remains very short, the plant has received too much water and is too warm. It is completely harmless if the roots fill the entire pot or even form aerial roots.

Here is another reading tip: Klivien - How to make Klivien bloom.

How to fight lice on the Klivie

The insect pest louse, mealybug and mealybug pests mostly sit on the leaf blades and between the leaves, very close to the rhizome. You can recognize an infestation by a sticky substance that is secreted by the lice. If you look closely, you will also see the parasites.

As an immediate measure, it helps if you shower the plant vigorously with lukewarm water. The sticky spots that remain afterwards are brushed with a solution of soft soap and spirit. Allow the mixture to act for a few hours and then rinse the plant with clear water. As a preventative measure, you should cool the plant in winter. Too warm a location literally attracts lice.

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