How to Re-Pot Clivia


Clivia, also known as the bush lily, is a genus of evergreen flowering plants native to South Africa. A horticulturally perfect clivia can fetch up to $50,000 in China, according to the experts at the American Clivia Society. Even if your clivia isn't award-winning, it will require a little more care when re-potting than other houseplants. Clivias require large, sturdy, wide-based pots. Choose the new planting pot carefully, as clivia does best when it's root bound and may end up in the new pot for up to five years. Re-pot the clivia in the spring.

Step 1

Remove the clivia from its pot. Cut out the plant or break the pot if the clivia is rootbound.

Step 2

Loosen the roots with your fingers. Remove as much as the old soil as possible. Cut off any rotten roots 1 inch above the rotted portion.

Step 3

Add 1/2 tbsp. of household bleach to 1 gallon of water. Pour it into a bowl large enough to hold the root ball. Place the clivia's rootball into the solution. Allow it to soak for 10 minutes.

Step 4

Rinse the root ball with distilled water. Allow it to air dry for one hour. Keep it out of direct sunlight and at room temperature.

Step 5

Pour equal parts of peat moss, sand and vermiculite into a bucket or other container and moisten it until it is uniformly wet. Allow the excess water to drain.

Step 6

Pour the planting medium into the new pot until it is 1/4 full. Add more soil to create a small mound on top of the soil in the bottom of the pot. Place the roots of the clivia on top of the mound and spread them around it, hanging down.

Step 7

Cover the roots with potting mix and work it in between the roots with your fingers. Finish filling the pot with the planting mix to barely cover the crown of the root ball (where the roots meet the stem).

Step 8

Pack the soil around the stem of the clivia with by hand. Place the plant in a shaded area for three days and withhold water until the soil is dry to the roots. Stick a finger deeply into the soil to determine if it is ready to be watered.

Step 9

Move the clivia to an area that receives light, but is out of direct sun.

Things You'll Need

  • Household bleach
  • Distilled water
  • Peat moss
  • Sand
  • Vermiculite
  • New pot


  • Chicago Botanic Garden: Clivia Is An Elegant, Imposing Winter Bloomer
  • American Clivia Society: Clivias: A Little History
  • American Clivia Society: Repotting or Planting Bareroot Clivia
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