How to Care for a Dwarf Clivia


The dwarf clivia (Clivia miniata) is a low-maintenance plant that's usually kept as a houseplant. Part of the amaryllis family, clivia are evergreen plants that are native to southern Africa and bloom in bright orange, red or salmon-colored flowers. Growing in dense clusters, clivia flowers are showy, often two-toned and tubular, funnel-shaped or trumpet-shaped. These plants enjoy lower light conditions and drier soils, making them easy to grow as houseplants indoors.

Step 1

Position your dwarf clivia in bright, indirect light, such as beside a north-facing window that doesn't receive direct sunlight. You can also set your dwarf clivia outdoors during the warmer spring and summer months in a shaded spot.

Step 2

Water your dwarf clivia thoroughly until the water drains freely from the bottom of the container. Water the plant once every one or two weeks during the spring, summer and early autumn, allowing the top 1 inch of potting soil to dry out slightly.

Step 3

Feed your dwarf clivia from April until August, after it's bloomed, once each month with a water-soluble 20-20-20 NPK fertilizer. Feed the plant at half the recommended dosage rate and don't continue to fertilize the dwarf clivia past mid-September.

Step 4

Trim your dwarf clivia to remove the flower stalks at their bases after they finish blooming. Prune away any browning or withered leaves.

Step 5

Re-pot the dwarf clivia once every three to five years, after it finishes blooming. The clivia blooms best when it's pot bound, so you don't need to re-pot more frequently than this. Transfer the dwarf clivia into a pot that is no more than 2 inches wider than the current container and fill the pot with a well-draining potting mix that's at least half peat moss, fir bark or other organic matter.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't over-water your dwarf clivia, because clivias prefer drier soils and are susceptible to root rot. Also, don't mist the plant, because this can also encourage fungal diseases.

Things You'll Need

  • Water-soluble 20-20-20 NPK fertilizer
  • Pruning shears or scissors
  • Planter pots
  • Organic-based potting mix


  • White Flower Farm: Growing Guide -- Clivia miniata

Who Can Help

  • Shields Gardens: Clivia Care and Culture
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