Clivia (frost damage)
Hampshire, United Kingdom
I have (had) a Clivia with 3 bulbs in one pot. Had for many years kept in the bay window of my bedroom without central heating. It gained sun in morning but spent most of day in shade. Flowered very well too. In 2006 I moved, taking Cilvia with me and repotting. 3 bulbs had become 4 by then. Flowered very well in 2007 but 2008 saw nothing, and first time I had lived with central heating. So having read that a period of cool was needed, moved the Clivia to my unheated greenhouse. Sadly the cold was exceptional this year and found the long strap leaves all soggy. I have cut them back and left well alone for several weeks but today pulled the bulbs out. Or rather one large mass of fibre's with 4 x 3" topsgrowth. (bulbs) It perhaps was not the temperature that inhibited flowering, but truly pot bound. I was told they like to be tight and not repotted for sometime, so had left it. Oh woe!
The only way I can see to divide these plants now is by cutting through the fribre proportionate to the bulb. Is it possible to do this and repot each with the hopes that one may rally? There was bubble wrap around the actual pot so unsure if root fibre is damaged.
Any help would be appreciated.
Sorry if the question is repeated, but tried before registering, and cannot find it now in the lists.
I could photo the Clivia mass tomorrow, as I have left it wrapped in fleece on the bench in greenhouse till I know if there is anything I can do with it.
- 8 Mar, 2009