Like many other houseplants, the clive also has to be repotted every now and then. But not too early, because the plant doesn't like it at all.
© Светлана Чуйкова - Fotolia.com Clivias are a real blooming miracle and the older the plant, the more flowers will be available. Normally, such plants have to be repotted regularly so that the growing root ball has enough space. It's different with Klivie, because it's very frugal. She prefers not to be transplanted prematurely. The period after about three to four years is optimal. Then the planter is often completely filled and the Klivie ready to repot.
We have put together what you need to pay special attention to and how you can do it in the best possible way.
Repotting Klivie - This is how it's done
Remove Klivie from the old pot
Repot your clive immediately after flowering in late winter or spring. The flower pot used up to now is probably completely rooted and individual strands of roots grow from the drain hole in the bottom of the pot. It may not be easy to pull out the plant. With a steady, steady pull on Klivie's head, you should get a good grip on the problem. Avoid jerky tearing.
Knock out roots and examine for damage
Hold the plant by the crook and tap the root ball a few times on all sides on a hard surface, for example on a stone. Much of the old substrate will come off. Stubborn lumps can be removed with a little patience under running water. Now check the health of the roots. Use a disinfected knife to cut off any rotten or dead strands.
Select a new plant pot and fill in the drainage layer
The new pot for your Klivie does not have to be much larger than the previously used container. A hole in the floor is important to ensure that the water runs off smoothly. In addition, you can fill in an approximately three centimeter thick drainage made of expanded clay or coarse gravel in order to safely exclude dangerous waterlogging.
Mix fresh substrate
A mixture of garden soil and sand is a suitable substrate for the clive. Alternatively, you can use commercially available potting soil. Loose substrate consistency, a generous nutrient content and a pH in the range of 5 to 6 are important for healthy growth of the clive.
Plant Klivie in a new pot
Place the root ball of the clive in the center of the new flowerpot on the drainage. Next, fill the prepared substrate in small portions from all sides. Shake the pot frequently so that the soil is also distributed in the cavities between the roots. Make sure that the root ball is completely covered at the end.
Finally, press the substrate gently with your fingers and lightly water the Klivie. After a few days, check whether the earth has sunk significantly. If this is the case, simply fill up the resulting empty space with fresh substrate.